Oh, comfort zone. We hear/read about getting out of our comfort zone quite often. But, how often do we put ourselves in situations where we actually do so? I’m a huge fan of it, but it does take extra effort. Right?
Recently I have made my mission to not pass any opportunity that could lead me to explore new areas. You probably know I went on my first solo trip to Paris in September 2018. That was SUPER out of my comfort zone and one of my favorite experiences as of yet. WOW, I sure did learn a lot.
Not too long ago I joined a group of girls to do goat yoga. AHH yeah! It’s what you’ve seen all over social media. I didn’t hesitate to say yes, but deep down I knew it looked a bit scary. Here’s a quick background story about me. I grew up without pets, never owned a pet as an adult and I got bit by a dog growing up. In other words, I’m not the biggest pet person out there. I’m not saying that I don’t like them, I just enjoy them from afar. Haha.
Now knowing this, imagine myself surrounded by goats. Yeah, it sounds like a horror story and a little terrifying. As mentioned, I want to embrace the opportunities that get me out of my comfort zone. Goat yoga is 100% out of my comfort zone. As seen on the video, they are all around you and even jumping on you at times. It sounds scary (it was a bit), but I survived and truly enjoyed the experience. I definitely mentally prepared myself ahead of time.
We were a big group of ladies, so if they can do it, so can I. That’s what I kept telling myself. Haha. I was definitely not a pro at it, but managed to get three goats on top me. That was an enormous accomplishment! You don’t have to take my word for it –just watch the video. I look hilarious by the way.
So, what did I learn? Comfort zones are just a mental barrier. We can push the boundaries any time! We just need to shift our mindset and break out of our routine. It’s easy to get caught up in those “safe spaces.” It’s when you feel uncomfortable that you get the opportunity to grow. I think breaking through those barriers allow us to be adaptable, boost our creativity and even more open-minded.
Do it in small steps. I still have a journey to go through. I now try to not overthink things and go for it. What’s there to lose?
P.S. Goat yoga was one of the funnest activities ever. If you are looking for a group outing, I highly recommend it.