Going through Retrospect London’s vintage tie collection I’d found this Disney themed one and suddenly I had an outfit in my mind. These wildly patterned, somewhat bizarre trousers from Warehouse had been hanging in my wardrobe and seemed the perfect compliment for the tie. They both took me out of my comfort zone – I don’t like Disney things and huge patterns make me uncomfortable, even more reason for me to go for it.
It takes a step or two out of one’s comfort zone to grow. Whilst in our comfort zone, our life might seem easy, calm and safe. This encourages us to stay well within it, within the the known area, but also prevents us from learning. To learn, we must work outside our comfort zone, constantly expanding it.
Beyond the comfort zone we have our stretch zone, where tasks are exciting, challenging and we have a huge potential for growth. It’s not necessarily comfortable but stimulating. It can lead to increased confidence, energy and motivation, however by time our stretch zone can become our updated comfort zone, so we will need new challenges, new stimuli.
Another out of comfort zone experiences for me is exposing my ankle and showing a picture of it. I had surgery years ago and since then it looks puffy and has a red scar on it. I haven’t realized how obvious it was until I saw this capture, I even hesitated sharing it, but it is still me, still real and I wouldn’t like to project a fake image of myself. I like my body as it is, with its scars – both the visible and the invisible ones, the curves and marks that tell stories, remind me of memories.