I know it may sound scary, but getting out of your comfort zone can help you become a better self.
Of course, there are moments you want to sit tight with your comfort zone, but you must reconsider those moments as being necessary for that specific period, not permanent.
Let me show you why it is a good thing to step out of your comfort zone through ways you can do it:
1. Make friends that aren’t your age.
I know there is this misconception that there is no common ground for friendships that aren’t of the same generation. But is it real?
Do you think that people can’t communicate unless they are the same age?
If you stay close to our same-age friends, but what is there to learn? I learned the hard way that keeping high school friends isn’t all about the same values or opinions, is about standing next to someone because of the old times.
But what about the present times? What if you can’t have a conversation with someone because you didn’t develop in the same way?
Being in your mid-twenties means reconsidering many of your old friendships, and that is totally normal! You realize who you want to be and that your current friends don’t help you get there!
Make some room and be open to new people and perspectives! Now, some of my best friends are in their 30s!
2. Move out of your parent’s comfort zone and take some responsibility!
Yeah, it is comfortable to sit there, doing your homework, studying for your exams, or earn money that will partially help in fulfilling your needs.
But why would you do that? It is cool to live with your parents, to have dinner (that you didn’t always cook) every night, having nice, dry and clean clothes, but where is the point?
I know it must be difficult to move out, but that’s the only way you discover who you really are (and you are not your parents!). From doing your own chores to create your own routine, you realize what you want, like, and why.
For example, after I moved out, I had no idea how to arrange my things, or how to wash my clothes.
Of course, there is no shame in asking for help, but take the responsibility of taking care of your own body!
3. Travel, travel, travel outside your comfort zone!
I know that it sounds dreamy, but I mean it in the way you can experience one culture. Even if you went to another city in your country, you would discover a lot of new habits and people (especially people!!).
Also, traveling makes you more sociable and puts you in situations that no other comfortable environment would. Start planning your next location, even if it is a pandemic!
Meeting new cultures, habits, traditions or mindsets will definitely help you open to new experiences!
4. Apply for that job that scares you!
We try so hard to learn new things, to graduate from college, and get a degree. And then, we are too afraid to apply for a job we’ve worked so hard for. Why? Because we feel an impostor in our own lives!
But do apply for that job! Even if it scares you, you need to put yourself in that situation!
You will learn so much about the professional environment, about your abilities and your skills! And you will get the chance to see how other people react to the same pressure, responsibilities, or difficulties!
Take that rough path! It will only lead you to success!
5. Do that one thing that scares you!
I know this point may seem similar to what I have recently exposed, but it is not. I am not talking about your professional choices, but about your personal ones!
A few years ago, I had straight black hair, and in my first year of college, I dyed my hair red and let its natural curls wave back at people. And guess what? I realized that this suits me even better!
Remember my words: staying in your comfort zone does not mean being in comfort, but risking to lose the chance to discover your true self! You are a wildflower, and the middy water that grew you might kill you! Look for a fresh puddle and don’t be afraid of its size!