It’s Friday. TGIF. Thank god. OMG. Seriously. This week has been a special sort of ridiculous and I’m thrilled that the weekend is almost here. Rant over!
Today I’m linking up with Story of my Life’s Blogtember Challenge, because it fit well with my Quotable Friday theme – comfort.
Comfort: to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to
To me, comfort is all about not being challenged. I’m comfortable when I’m watching TV. I’m comfortable wearing yoga pants. I’m comfortable sitting down surfing the internet. I’m comfortable in my job, some days.
But here’s the thing..
When I feel comfortable, I don’t feel fulfilled. When I feel comfortable, a lot of time, I’m in a place where I’m not challenging myself. When I’m not challenging myself, I tend to get cranky, moody, and unhappy. When I’m not challenging myself, I’m not being the best version of myself.
I need to feel uncomfortable.
For me to feel motivated, to feel challenged, I need to get out of my comfort zone. Which is hard. Most people, myself most definitely included, don’t always like to be challenged. It’s easy to go along with the status quo, to not push yourself. For me, some days it’s so much easier to sit on the couch and watch TV instead of go to the gym. It just is.
I got uncomfortable this summer when I reached out and started meeting new people. It was hard and as a shy introvert, it was so uncomfortable. But I also met a lot of great people that I never would have met otherwise.
I got out of my comfort zone when I took the leap and signed up for my half marathon. My running future may be uncertain, but just signing up signaled to me a change in the person I was. It gave me the push I needed this summer when I was feeling down and out.
And now, I’m at a point where I need to get uncomfortable again. I’ve become comfortable in not exercising enough and eating too much. It’s time for me to jump out of my comfort zone and begin pushing myself again. I know where I want to be; I know that my goal is to live a healthy life. I know it’s going to hard to get back to where I was. But I’m going to get out of my comfort zone and I’m going to push myself. Because I can.
Not being able to run has been eye opening for me. I’ve never been able to not do something. Now that I can’t run, I want to run more than ever. Some days I crawl out of my skin wanting to run. And now I know – I have the choice to be healthy. I have the option to do low impact cross training. I can do those things and I’m going to do those things. So I’m making an effort to get out of my comfort zone and to start living.
- What do you think about today’s quote? Do you feel motivated when you’re out of your comfort zone?
- What are your plans this weekend?