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Goodbye, Comfort Zone

Last week, I had two adventures outside my comfort zone. And I lived to tell about it.

I’m a stay-at-home, homeschooling momma. Most of my days are spent in a pair of stretchy black yoga pants and some layered tank tops.

I don’t normally rub shoulders with people who look like they stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine. In high school and college, I was never known as the most fashion-forward of my friends. I was always the frumpy friend. And then, later, in my 20’s and early 30’s, I was having babies and nursing babies, and the most important thing about my clothes was that the baby could have easy access to lunch and that spit-up stains not be too noticeable.

But last week, my friend Kristi told me about a fashion show at a nearby clothing boutique. It sounded like a fun girls’ night out. Goodbye, Comfort Zone.

So I put on a new outfit and this beautiful bracelet and these shoes that make me look so much taller and leaner.

Surrounded by the bright lights and the runway models and the beautiful people, I felt a little bit like I was playing dress-up. But I had a blast! Kristi said she felt like we had dropped into the middle of an episode of Sex and the City. I’ve never really seen that show (which only proves how out of my comfort zone I was!), but it did feel like we should be bumping into Sarah Jessica Parker at any second.

It’s probably a good thing we didn’t, though, because I would have embarrassed Kristi by mentioning Square Pegs or something.

My first steps outside my comfort zone were so exciting, I was hoping my next adventure would be equally successful.

My husband had purchased a Groupon for an airboat ride on a lake filled with alligators. State wildlife officials say there are more than 9500 gators living in that lake.

Number one – I don’t like alligators. Number two – I’m not really an outdoorsy girl. Number three – I don’t like bugs. Number four – I don’t like alligators. Goodbye, Comfort Zone.

Fortunately, it was too chilly and windy for the bugs. So I didn’t have to worry about that. I did, however, have to wear headphones that had been on other people’s ears to protect my eardrums from the extremely loud airboat.

And the captain drove fast over the open lake. The wind beat against my face so hard that I felt I might suffocate. How ironic would that be? I wondered. Not being able to breathe because too much air blew too hard into my face! My eyes watered. My hair tangled. The loud, vibrating engine shook my head, making my teeth rattle.

Beneath us, around us, somewhere were thousands of alligators. With the wind whipping in my face, I reminded myself that the captain drove tours like this many times a day, twelve months a year. It’s not easy to flip an airboat. I would not become dinner for an alligator family.

And you know, I was actually disappointed when we didn’t see any alligators at all! Here I was way, way outside my comfort zone, and not even one alligator showed up for it!

But I did see eagles and ospreys. I saw a heron fishing for dinner. I saw flocks of birds perched on reeds along the marshy land take flight as our very noisy boat approached.

I saw this –

and this –

I saw this –

How beautiful is that?

I would have missed that if I hadn’t left the comfort of my stretchy yoga pants and home.

My two adventures outside my comfort zone were very different — a little Carrie Bradshaw, a little Steve Erwin. But not only did I live through them both, I had fun!

How about you? How have you stepped outside your comfort zone lately? 

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3 thoughts on “Goodbye, Comfort Zone

  1. I’m glad I was able to share one of those with you. And I find it hilarious that the things that you didn’t seem to enjoy (the speed of the boat on the water, the wind hitting you in the face and messing up your hair) are exactly the things I really enjoyed (besides sharing that experience with you, of course!). 🙂

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