Lately, I hear a lot about stepping out of one’s comfort zone and conquering fears. I don’t know if this a new thing or if I just haven’t been paying attention, but suddenly I hear it every day. Personally, I think there’s a reason that we feel uncomfortable about certain things and stepping over that line isn’t something I’m comfortable doing (did you see what I did there?).
I am extremely uncomfortable with nudity. I have no plans to ever step out of that comfort zone and go out in public naked. You’re welcome!
Fears need to be conquered if they are irrational, but some fears are healthy and normal. My mother has a fear of fire – as in the kind that burns down houses. She’s not afraid of making s’mores over a campfire or warming herself in front of a roaring fireplace. Is the fear of her house burning down something that needs to be conquered? How would she conquer it – by burning her house down? No. She needs to be prepared for it, with smoke detectors and an escape plan. Believe me, she’s prepared! We were probably the only family in the neighborhood who had fire drills when I was growing up.
I read an article in the Harvard Business Review titled “If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything.” Needless to say, I completely disagree. I don’t believe that learning is outside a comfortable reach. I think most of us enjoy learning new things. My grandparents always told me that I should learn something new every day.
Maybe I don’t understand because my comfort zone is broad and my fears are minimal. I’m not afraid of heights or public speaking. I don’t have a fear of dogs or strangers. My children can tell you that the only things I’m afraid of are bats and the Candy Man from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Well, those were my only fears until this election came along. If you’ve ever wondered why I don’t talk about politics in this blog, it’s because I don’t find it funny. This presidential election is a lose-lose situation. Quite frankly, I’m scared, but I don’t know how to conquer that fear.
Any fear that has a negative effect on your life should be quelled. My life isn’t crippled by my fear of bats or the Candyman, but if you have an aversion to something that needs to be extinguished, get out there and conquer those fears! Step outside your comfort zone and experience all that life has to offer. As long you’re comfortable with that.