Today's post is inspired by me and my own stubbornness. I had the opportunity to go out around where I lived for a friends birthday. I didn't really know anyone and I am a complete prune in social situations that I am not used to. At sixth form or opening evenings where I am socialising, I am really good at it. In my town, going out 'partying' however, I am not. Rather than giving it and go and possibly meeting some new friends and having a really good time, I stayed at home and wrote this (not that there is anything wrong with writing this, but you get my point)
I started to question: Do I never go out because I don't like it, or do I not like because I never go?
I have never particularly being one for going out and partying, I would much rather be sat at home reading a good book, but I think that I need to give it a go more often. Even if I don't like it, I went and I gave it a go.
Going out and socialising in that way is going to be something that I will do in order to make friends when I go away to university so it is important that move away from my comfort zone now in order to be more comfortable then. I think it also helps you to grow as a person and gives you more of an appreciation for the lives of other people and what they are interested in. I was talking to Mum about this (Mum will appear in almost every blog post, sorry) and she was saying how she had friends from all aspects of her life. They all had different interests and she could do different things with all of them, having fun but in different ways, which I thought was a lovely way to look at it. If coming out of my comfort zone means that I potentially make some friends for life then it sounds good to me.
Moving away from your comfort zone can be anything: you might take up a sport, do your school talent show or text the person you like first... ANYTHING, but, after tonight, I feel like making that step is important. Yes, you might totally hate it and never want to do it again but at least you know. You might also absolutely love and find a new hobby, a new talent or a new friend.
I was looking for a relevant quote to use for this post and they were absolutely endless so I thought I would give you a couple and you can see which one inspires you:
'Life begins at the end of your comfort zone'
'... Get out of your comfort zone. You have so much incredible potential inside'
'You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward, uncomfortable and try something new'
Thanks for reading this guys! If you do try something new let me know in the comment or on twitter.