The End of Your Comfort Zone

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“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

How many times as college students have we heard this phrase? Personally, I think it has been said to me at least a thousand times, if not more. However, how many of those times did I really listen and understand this phrase? Absolutely zero. That is, until I studied abroad.

When I left for my “European Adventure”, as my parents so fondly called it, I really had no idea what was in store for me. My trip began with a flight delay and a missed connection which got me to Madrid after the group bus had already gone, leaving me to find my way to a rural town an hour away from the city, alone, on the public transportation system. I was terrified. Then I remembered that quote: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Well by this point I was thousands of miles outside of my comfort zone, and on the verge of sitting down and crying. But then something amazing happened: I just did it, and figured it out. By the time that I had made it to my dorm in Toledo it really hit me, that I had done something that had once felt impossible and I was alright. I had gone (or in this case, been forced) outside of my comfort zone, and instead of giving up, I had found my way and overcome every obstacle that was thrown at me. And you know what? If felt amazing.

This event was just the beginning of a four month long journey filled with “out of your comfort zone” moments. However each time I figured out the impossible and got through it, I felt so much more confident in myself and my ability to get through difficult situations. Over the course of my study abroad experience, I came to the realization that the idea that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone” might be a little too broad, but that life certainly is more exciting at the end of your comfort zone.

So if I can give you one thing to take away from this post it would be to get outside of your comfort zone. For a week, a day, or even just a couple hours. Trust me, it will definitely be worth it.