Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Outside the Comfort Zone

I have said this before, but I am very much a creature of habit.  I am fairly predictable with my routine, with my food, with EVERYTHING.  Very rarely do I do things where I don't know the outcome, don't know that I will absolutely love the results.  

Until recently.  I blame running. 

Since I started running, I have done so many things that I would have never considered doing.  Just as bad habits can infiltrate and take over, I have learned good habits can have the same impact.  

You might have noticed there has been a trend recently with me.  I've certainly noticed it.  There has been a whole lot of "I never thought I would do this", "I normally do things this way but today, I tried..." "I thought I wouldn't like (fill in the blank) but guess what?  I did. 

 I am branching out, I am growing and I am stretching.  Over the last several weeks, I've really stuck my neck out and gone way beyond my comfort zone, way beyond normal Suzanne predictability.  I have, pardon the pun, chased after things I was interested in doing.  I have, stuck my neck out and set myself up for rejection.  I'm setting goals in my head now that don't just pertain to running.

You know what? I like it! I'm getting more comfortable stepping out of my safe spot and going into uncharted territory.  I'm also learning that with these risks, sometimes come rewards and sometimes surprising results. While I realize the answer is not always going to be yes, I'm not quite as afraid of the no.  I'm not so immobilized by possible failure, or by possible rejection that I don't even try new things.

I love that something that started out as a fun, stress reliever for me has suddenly revamped the entire way I live my life. Thank you running for challenging me in ways that I never could have imagined.