The Uncomfortable Comfort Zone.

Have you ever felt a certain kind of discomfort that ceaselessly bothers you? It shoves you and nags you so much so that you feel like you have to do something about it. It reminds you that you’re settled in your comfort zone and you need to get out of it so that you can experience some more or so that your environs can be able to accommodate your growth.

Sometimes you find that you have built your life around a box, your comfort box. But when growth happens, which it does at such a fast rate that you find yourself trying to squeeze yourself into the comfort box. But just like a tight shoe, it hurts, it’s uncomfortable, it pinches you. You can’t wait to get to a place when you can remove the shoe and give your feet some breathing space and experience that relief.

We were having a conversation with my friends – two actually, on how they want to move houses because they feel that their current houses now feel smaller. They want more space to be able to do stuff – whether it’s hang paintings, have more rooms, more kitchens space for their appliances or whatever the reason might be. What used to be comfortable isn’t comfortable any more. It reminded me of the times I have actually felt that kind of discomfort. The times I have eventually ended up moving houses; changing jobs; changing my lifestyle; evaluating my life; going back to school; doing some extra courses; having tough conversations; making transformative decisions.

I was telling my friends that strangely, when you feel this kind of discomfort and you speak it, for some reason, what you aspire for comes to be. Maybe it’s because when you speak it, you’re more committed to making it happen – because you have to now prove it to yourself and to the world that you have this together or the magic just happens.

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. ~ Paulo Coelho

When others know about what you’re aspiring for; some connect you to the people who could help you achieve your goal, others pray for you, others offer you support, others make you feel more uncomfortable about your current comfort zone – because they will keep asking you, “so you haven’t moved?”, “so you haven’t finished your masters?”, “So you haven’t found a job?”, “So you haven’t done your wedding yet?”, “So you’re still living with your girlfriend/boyfriend?”, “So you…”

And we need all those kinds of people around us to give us that support and pressure so that you don’t get too comfortable with your discomfort. Ever experienced that kind of discomfort that nudges and nags you? What did you do about it?

ComfortSpeaking of comfort, during International Women’s Day, we were treated to a foot massage by Restoration Experience courtesy of Chase Bank (Women @ Chase). I honestly think I could do with a proper foot massage every fortnight, because the experience was truly restoring. But that’s besides the point, let’s talk getting uncomfortable with our comfort zones.

In other news, our boss is hosting us this evening and we’re all over the roof about it. Let me step out. Wishing you a kickass weekend!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*