Once you leave your cubicle, your apartment, your comfort zone, your box, you expose yourself. You risk at all levels. Most people stay in their zone because of that risk, because of their fear. Nothing can throw you out of wack if you stay put in your structure. The interesting revelation is this:
Once you leave your cubicle, your apartment, your comfort zone, your box, you expose yourself. But what you expose yourself to is never what you think and worry about. Once you leave your zone, everything that you dreamed of, craved, and desired in your zone, comes to you.
Want to find love? How can you do that when you stay in your room all day? Forget it. Anyway, love will find you….once you leave your room.
Want to see something truly beautiful? Even more beautiful than what you can Google on the internet or see out your window? You have to leave your space.
Want to laugh unexpectedly? Once you leave your box, something will happen that makes you crack up.
Just getting out of the place you confine yourself to, that you are comfortable with, is all it takes to get what you want. You don’t have to go after it, you don’t have to jump 50 hurdles to get it, all you need to do is get out!
Go to the park. Find a place to see the sunset. Walk to the grocery store. Don’t worry about how you dress, what you carry, or if you wear any shoes. Just leave.
This post was inspired by the experience I just had. I’ve been in my apartment all day (got off work early) and wasn’t planning on leaving it. I was comfortable, I was safe with my books, my notepads, sticky notes, pens and laptop. I was content, even happy with the breeze and the sound of the water (how could I not be?). Then I decided to do something off Michelle Welsch’s Manual For Daily Adventure. I got up, grabbed a favorite book (Keri Smith’s How To Be An Explorer Of The World) and went to the park. The following things are what I got to experience because I left my apartment.
- See a runner giving it her all.
- Laugh and shake my head after watching two black basketball players almost get in a fight and one repeating to the other “you’re not gangsta!”
- Three girls checking me out.
- Laugh at a women on the phone only talking about getting drunk, hammered, plastered. Quote: “We will get drunk Sunday, that’s what labor day is for”
- Pinpointed where an odd noise I kept hearing was coming from to a woman practicing opera.
- Felt soft grass.
- Got to observe more things, people, animals, sounds, sights, etc., than I would have in my apartment.
- On my way back, had a good conversation with the three girls. If they didn’t smoke, I would have asked one for her number. Oh well.
- Got to feel the ground. (Went barefoot)
That list sure beats the hell out of a list of what I would have experienced if I stayed in my apartment. The same goes for your cubicle at work, your comfort zone at school, your chair in the meeting room, your spot on the bus, your way you walk to work, your seat in class, and any “square” that you feel comfortable in.
Stay Positive & Experience Life
Garth E. Beyer