Life abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences full of life changing adventures. However, it is inevitable that any travel can come with anxiety and fear of the unknown. At home you live in the limits of your comfort zone. You know the name of the barista that serves your daily coffee, the exact time to get to the gym to avoid crowds, where to buy the cheapest gas…
In your comfort zone we create rituals that grant us peace of mind, leaving anything outside of it to be too much effort or down right scary. When you travel to a new place you start from ground zero – now here is where the adventure begins…
Every time you do something new for the first time, you conquer a new area of life. The bus in Seoul, South Korea used to be intimidating and I would only ride if someone was with me to help. I soon realized I needed to become comfortable riding the bus alone if I wanted to gain independence over my mobility. After the first success of riding alone, my anxiety developed into confidence and then peace. I now quite enjoy riding the bus alone and it has become a part of my comfort zone. The more areas you conquer, your comfort zone expands – leading you to new places and opportunities.
When trying new things, you expose yourself to people and experiences that challenge your own beliefs and inspire new perspectives. Socialization within the same circle of friends is familiar, easy. However when you overcome the fear of meeting new people and branch out, you have the chance to meet different types of people that could bring out a side of yourself that you have never met before. Taking that scary solo trip could help you reflect on your own goals and desires due to a new environment.
For The Story
Why do we go on these crazy adventures? Why do we put ourselves through exhaustingly long economy plane rides or drain our savings? To tell an unforgettable story. Traveling enriches your life, it feeds the soul. Do you want to look back on your travels and regret that you didn’t do more? What could have been if you looked fear in the face and did it anyway. Go up and talk to that person also eating alone, try that new food you can’t pronounce, stay out until the sun rises. These are the stories that we wish to tell our kids one day. Do not let your comfort zone block you from experiences that are waiting for you.
Every comfortable and familiar aspect of our lives was once something new to us. Stepping outside our comfort zone expands your familiarity so you can live life more comfortably. Think of your comfort zone as a bubble that encompasses your life. Each day you inch at the edge expanding your bubble one step at a time. One day you will look back and realize you have created a home for yourself in a place that was once unimaginable.