Sometimes we are challenged by other people to step out of our normal routines and try something new. Sometimes we see illustrations of comfort zones and what lies beyond it. Sometimes our minds like to think of what is it like outside of our comfort zones. And sometimes we worry too much.
About a year ago, I was one of the 50 participants of the ASEAN Youth Leaders’ Association (AYLA) to attend the Global Youth Summit in Singapore and Malaysia from July 29 to August 9. I felt delighted when I first knew about the invitation, but when I was informed that it will run for two weeks, I felt the need of backing out. Not being present in school for a day would cause me a hard time catching up, so being out of school for two weeks would mean a ton more of missed lessons, quizzes, pt’s, projects, homework, etc. I was also told that I’ll be the youngest delegate, so I began thinking that maybe it wasn’t for me; I didn’t want to feel out of place. But long story short, I was convinced by my family and friends to join. It was the farthest place and longest time that I was away from my comfort zone. A lot to cope up with – people, places, and activities. But in the end, it was the experiences and people that made the entire two weeks fun, worthwhile, and meaningful. Although it took me awhile catching up in school, I learned so much about myself; and most importantly, taking the chance helped me break down barriers that hindered me in the first place from stepping outside of my comfort zone.
I have never jumped off a plane. Never tried bungee jumping yet. So I had quite a difficult time thinking of when was I so anxious of going beyond my comfort zone – but maybe it’s because all of the challenges seem to be a matter of perspective now for me. I came to a realization that stepping out of my comfort zone enables me to become comfortable with the things that use to terrify me. From here on out, I’ll worry less and I’ll go beyond my limits.