Life is about embarking on adventures, experiencing moments, and learning so much along the way. It is easy to fall into a day-to-day rut, even though we truly want to branch out, have fun, and try something new.
However, these bright instances of childlike glee wrapped up in a healthy dose of fear, and the excitement of remembering that you are truly alive are priceless and so crucial to our happiness. We need to venture outside of our comfort zones every once in a while and constantly be learning — for it is in these precious, awkward moments that we learn so much about ourselves and about life.
Here are 13 reasons why you should fly outside your comfort zone.
The first reason you shouldn’t hesitate to venture courageously outside your comfort zone is because each time you do, it’s another valuable life experience.
You learn a lot in school, but you learn so much by just living life and making sure to try new things. You’d be surprised at what you’ll learn about life and more importantly, yourself, in these moments.
A Sense of Fun and Adventure
Just like you pencil taking your vitamins, getting enough rest, and paying your bills into your schedule, you need to schedule in some fun and adventure too.
You can start small, like taking a short drive somewhere new on the weekend or trying a food you never have before. And go as big as you want — parachute out of that plane if you are so daring, or decide to move across the world if you choose to.
A Chance to Meet New People
The added bonus of trying something new and unexpected is that you usually meet new people in the process. I met a bunch of great people on a Polaris trip, so even if you venture out alone, rest assured there are so many amazing people around who make the experience that much better.
A Change of Scenery
Our lives become part of a redundant schedule, which can comfort us in the sense that we already know what to expect and can kind of go into autopilot. The downside of this is that we can get bored, become uninspired, and even depressed at how things don’t ever seem to change.
That’s why it’s important to switch up the schedule, even if a little bit, even if it’s just on a random Saturday. We aren’t robots — we need to see something different once in a while. A change of scenery usually does the trick. Go outside, get some sunshine, gaze at some beautiful trees, look at buildings you haven’t looked at before, get coffee at a whole new coffee shop.
Discovering and Learning Something New
Another thing that can get us down the older we get is that we sometimes lose that sense of wonderment that we had as kids. We act like living in awe and learning something completely new is something that disappears after adulthood.
As people, we should be (and are!) constantly learning, and should always look for those things that make us gasp with excitement, laugh, and move us. Go find them — they’re out there.
Not Having FOMO
How many times did you have the opportunity to travel outside your comfort zone, and said no? And how many times do you think back and say to yourself, “that would’ve been fun!” While you shouldn’t live with regrets (everything is a part of your journey), you should try to be more open to saying yes to fun new things. Because no one wants that FOMO.
Growing and Evolving As a Person
Whether you realize it or not, every time you fly outside your comfort zone, you grow. You learn. You evolve.
Try to take the initiative, and plan some adventures you can somewhat be in control of. You know you’ll learn from them.
Sparking Creativity and Generating Ideas
It’s hard to find inspiration and get creative when you’re surrounded by the same things all the time. This is why artists purposefully venture out and search for things to get the wheels in their minds turning and sparking that creativity.
You’d be surprised by the things that will have you thinking in a new way or will make you want to get artistic.
Challenging Yourself and Breaking Self-Imposed Limits
You can teach an old dog new tricks. You just have to believe they can learn them. We often believe that we are who we are and can’t or won’t change. Purposefully trying something outside of what you associate comfort with will challenge your limits — and yourself. After all, there’s a good chance that you put those limits on yourself, no?
Experiencing Good Stress
We stress ourselves out with so many things that it’s important to have some beneficial stress in the form of happy adrenaline-producing activities. The kind of positive, riveting excitement that beautifully reminds you that you are alive (like whizzing around on a rollercoaster). The fun activities that keep you in the moment and on your toes.
The Great Stories
What’s one of the first things you do when you get back from a trip? Tell everyone all the fun stories from your latest adventure! Trying something new leads to so many cool experiences which then leads to epic stories. Especially if it’s something outside your wheelhouse.
A Renewed Sense of Confidence
Trying new things and then gaining knowledge from them can remind you of what a badass you truly are. You feel a renewed confidence and belief in yourself and your abilities. You did it! We all need these little pushes outside of what we have already mastered, to remind us that we are capable of more.
A Sense of Accomplishment and Achievement
Trying something new and completing it means you did something. You set out to accomplish something, and you achieved it. You did something different from the day before, and now have new knowledge, new memories, and new stories that you can then share with others.
Even if you feel you failed at stepping outside your comfort zone, you didn’t — because you were courageous, brave and strong enough to try it in the first place.