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Stepping out of your comfort zone…

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In general, we all prefer to stick to our comfort zone. It’s just natural.

Why would we intendly do things that would make us uncomfortable, or even scare us? It just doesn’t make sense.

If you’re like me, your comfort zone has probably shrunk considerably during the last couple of months. Countless things that used to be purely mundane are now making us nervous, things we did without giving it a second thought we now hesitate to do.

Still, sometimes, stepping out of our comfort zone is all it takes to put a little magic in our lives, when we need it the most.

I’m no woman of great wisdom, but when Life teaches me a lesson, I am glad to share it.

Today I pondered the thought of inviting anyone who wanted to, to join me in a Skype conference call, to chit-chat and hopefully have a little fun connecting in a new way. I thought it was an exciting idea, since the coolest thing about blogging is all of you, beautiful people behind your amazing blogs.

But I was totally scared. Terrified. What if someone I didn’t know showed up first? What if I didn’t know what to say, and things got awkward? What if it ended being a boring experience… I was the investigator of that event, after all. If I invited you to join in, I had the responsability to entertain… What if I didn’t know how?

What if? What if? What if?…

That’s why I published my post on such short notice.

But I posted it anyway, stepping out of my comfort zone.

At 6 pm my time, I sat in front of my tablet, headset on, and started the Skype call open to all. And I waited… And waited…. And waited a little more. The stress went down as the minutes passed by, and I thought ”no one’s going to show up!”

By 6h45, I was about to give up. I stood up and went to the living room, thinking about writing a post I’d call ”The Epic Fail”. I felt silly for thinking this would be cool. And when I went past ChΓ©ri’s desk, he asked me if it had been a success?

It was a bad idea… But you know, it takes a lot of bad ideas to get a good one! (Well, not exactly, I actually said it in French, LOL)

And when I got back to my room, ready to close Skype down and move on to something else, I noticed a face on my screen… Someone had joined in!! I ran to my tablet, put my headset on again, and the magic happened!

Jay-lyn was officially the first guest of my first Skypy Sunday Session! I recognized her picture right away, and though we didn’t know each other personally, I was so glad to start this with someone familiar!

And we had fun… So much fun! (well, I did, at least hehehehe) I won’t go through our conversation (You had to be there… What happens in The Cove’s Skype, stays in The Cove’s Skype!) but there was much laughing, and I promised this wouldn’t be the last of my Skypy Sundays.

This short exchange was a big step out of Jay-lyn’s and my comfort zones. But it was sooooo worth the little scare. It totally made my day, and gave me a wide smile that should last a long while…

When is the last time you stepped outside your comfort zone and something really cool happened?

22 thoughts on “Stepping out of your comfort zone…

      1. πŸ™‚ Jokes aside, I’m really happy that we both overcame our fear tonight… I thought I was all good with this lockdown thing, but I realize that I missed socializing more than I thought!!

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    1. There will be other events like this, that’s for sure, and next time the invitation will be posted at least 24h before the Skype session πŸ™‚ You’ll be most welcome!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Don’t blame yourself, it was all my fault. I’ll throw another live party next Sunday, and I’ll post the invitation early enough to give people time to get ready… I hope to talk to you then πŸ™‚ xx

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  1. Oh yes. Our comfort zone has been narrowed and I sometimes wonder if the powers that be wouldn’t rather keep it that way (though that’s probably just the dystopian fiction addict in me talking). At any rate, it’s a spiritually bleak time. My way of coping has been trying to get closer to nature, more occult reading, new hobbies. I’m lucky to still have a weekend job in an essential sector (postal). Still, I definitely feel the constriction, and the pressure to adjust to a narrower worldview – I never dreamed I would take antidepressants once, yet I’m on them now. Yet if life is to be worth living either for the “new normal” or (hopefully) the other side of this, we have to overcome that mental pressure somehow.

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    1. I have a feeling that it will take a long time to get back to anything close to what we used to call ”normal”… And in a way, I almost wish we don’t get to that. I think that many of us turn to Nature to cope with the stress and the loss of control with our lives as we once knew it. (hence my sadness to see my dear tree cut down today). Maybe that’s the lesson we have to learn from this pandemic. To reconnect with nature and with our roots.

      As you said, life is still worth living, and I am sure we’ll get through this altogether. My way of doing it, lately, is to live one day at a time. I don’t think about the future much, since I have no clue what it will look like.

      But here’s to hoping our comfort zones will get a little wider soon… I think we deserve it πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hey there Simon πŸ™‚ There will be a second Skype meeting next Sunday… I really hope you’ll join in. I’ll send the invitation soon this weelk πŸ™‚ xx

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