Today was supposed to be a fashion post to celebrate the first day of fall, but fall brought along allergies. My eyes currently hate me, so that post has been moved to tomorrow 🙂 In the meantime, I’m really excited to be sharing with y’all about my trip to leadership camp last week. It was meant to push us out of our comfort zones, and it completely did!
I’ve posted a few times about how 2015 was going to be THE year that I do things that make me uncomfortable, and I’ve done more than I can count. I’m so quick to get nervous about something silly (like holding my little brother’s chicken in this post) that I freak out and immediately say no. And that’s no way to live life! So I knew going into this trip that there would be a ropes course, and I was determined to do it. I completely forgot about the part where I’m deathly afraid of heights.
I watch everyone, and I’m like, “Oh, I’ve totally got this.” People are running across the course, so it can’t be too bad. I finally forced myself to go, because I knew it was one of those things I would never be ready for. So I start climbing up this ladder, and the first thing that pops into my mind is this ladder safety video I had to watch in an undgrad Admin Law class. I immediately started feeling unsafe, even though I was hooked into a harness and in a completely controlled environment.
The ladder runs out at like the halfway point of the three, and then there are these tiny little hooks that are smaller than horseshoes that I’m supposed to climb. And I’m like nope, not doing this because I’ve seen bigger hair pins than these things.
But my group was awesome. It was obvious that the ropes course was way out of my comfort zone, so they encouraged me and challenged me to at least get to the top of the pole. And they counted the little rungs and told me how many I had left and cheered for me. It was the most amazing feeling, because even though I was less impressive than 90% of my group (one girl did the course four ways – normal, no hands, eyes closed, then backwards…) I was being treated like I did something amazing!
One thing that we discussed about comfort zones that day was knowing the difference between pushing your comfort zone and entering the P Zone. The P zone is when you start to panic, feel petrified, or paralyzed by fear. When I decided to cuddle with the chicken we talked about earlier, I didn’t feel any of these emotions. When I wore a croptop in February, I didn’t feel any of these emotions. But when I was up on that pole, I felt myself becoming paralyzed with fear. I was starting to tense up and freeze up, and I knew from prior experiences that if I continued to push, I was going to get stuck up there. I was so thankful for the “P Zone” discussion, because I think it’s something we should all keep in mind!
This week, I challenge you to do something that puts you a little bit out of your comfort zone! Try a new food, join an organization that you’ve been interested in but know no one, go to lunch on your own… But whatever you do, watch out for that P Zone!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! If you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about a time when you escaped your comfort zone!