Comfort Zone

Dec 8, 2011 in ,


When I visited Wangfujing Street in Beijing, which is famous for its shopping and (mostly strange) food, I ate a scorpion. Okay, I’ll admit that I didn’t eat the entire insect, because it creeped me out. I had the tail, which I was still highly skeptical about eating, but I did manage to chew and swallow the crunchy thing. It ended up being rather nice (though not something I would put into my daily diet)!

For some reason or another, most people are afraid of trying new things, or to be more precise, things they don’t know much – or anything at all – about. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why this is, but perhaps it is because we are worried things won’t turn out the way we think they should. But, we don’t really have much to lose usually, nor do we suffer from permanent consequences when we experiment with new things. I’m not talking about climbing Mount Everest without any prior knowledge or skill, or parachuting without a guide, though they do count. Just the more “ordinary” stuff, like new types of food, music, or going bowling for your first time.

It can get pretty boring when we stick to the same routines each day, instead of injecting something fresh every now and then. It doesn’t have to be big, just something to differentiate one day from another.

People, even older ones, never stop learning, and one way we manage to do this is by trying new things. Imagine, if you do one thing each week that you’ve never done before, then you would have done over fifty new things in the span of one year. We can gain a lot of knowledge this way, so step out of your comfort zone; out of the box. You’ll be surprised at how much you can learn, not just about the world, but about yourself, too.