Bloganuary: Comfort Zones

Write about the last time you left your comfort zone.

Maybe I’m overthinking, but to me “comfort zone” and risks are linked and so I’m coming to a realization that I’m in a bubble of my own making.

Due to the pandemic, I lost my main job in April and chose to learn some new skills to go into something different. I don’t think of it as discomfort, rather a different way of living for now — I’m aware it’s just a step towards something different — so I’m not out of my comfort zone.

I started a YouTube channel — and spent a lot of money on equipment. While I was uncomfortable spending, is it really out of my comfort zone? I’m not in debt. I have the money. I see the long-term benefits. And I’m enjoying my purchases. I don’t see myself as having stepped out of my comfort zone.

Mentally stepping backwards in time, I can’t recall doing anything that makes me uncomfortable. If someone asks me to do something I disagree with or don’t want to do, I don’t — I have no problem saying no — so where is this comfort zone?

I think my life is incredibly blessed and maybe I need to take a risk that makes me feel fear. Then again, maybe my mindset is just flexible and there is no ‘comfort zone’ for me to step out of. Thoughts?

Woman exiting in Ginza, Tokyo.

What does ‘stepping out of your comfort zone’ mean to you? Let me know in the comments below, I’m genuinely interested.

(I took the photo at the Narita Shrine. For many, being different is stepping out of their comfort zone and this little Kanon is totally loving nonconformity.)

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9 thoughts on “Bloganuary: Comfort Zones”

    1. Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

      This “bloganuary” challenge is making me think much more than I’m used to. Asking about my writing, laugher, dreams….it’s a nice change of pace from the usual (physical) conversations I have. What about you? Are you enjoying this “challenge”?

      Oh, and YouTube is a blast. I took the week off to start this blog but I’ll be posting tonight (just after I take a new thumbnail). 😁 Feel free to come say hi. I do reply to EVERY comment (I’m behind this week though.)

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  1. I think the cliches of our culture confuse people. There’s an inspirational quote for everything these days. And quotes about comfort zones are just that, cliches. Overall it’s best to just know yourself and move with your own rhythms, as you do. Fabulous that you started a YouTube channel. I did too, but it’s a lot of work and I’m not sure I have the time. Though I do love filmmaking. All the best with it. I’ll check it out.

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    1. I see you subscribed to my channel. Thank you. 🙂

      Creating YouTube content is a lot of work, but it feels really good when you get real feedback from people who actually watched and appreciated the effort. I hope you don’t give up. Maybe pace yourself at one upload a month?

      This prompt is certainly a cliche, but that doesn’t mean we can’t derive meaning from the mundane. As Madonna 3.0 said, “beauty is where you find it”. (I think she’s on version 10 now, which explain the X in her last tour.) 😆

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      1. Hahaha too funny on Madonna. That is absolutely true, beauty is where you find it.

        You’re welcome on the subscribe. Looks like you’ve built up a nice audience so clearly there are many who appreciate your work. I also love it for the creative outlet it offers.

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