I was strolling the streets of Madison, Wisconsin tonight when I spotted a sign in a shop’s window which read “Life Doesn’t Begin Until You Leave Your Comfort Zone.”
How fitting, I thought, as a blast of frigid air howled down the street, assaulting my face with such brutal force.
On the surface, this statement is everything us adventure types need to justify our antics.
“Well, I can’t say I’m exactly comfortable with paddling my kayak over this 15-foot waterfall, but hey, this is living, man.”
But what this presumptuous conclusion conveniently ignores is the fact that for thousands of years, human beings have endlessly pursued their comfort zones.
So on one hand, we have the daredevil crowd living life to the fullest, and on the other, we have what amounts to a bunch of boring people waiting to die. This isn’t exactly a fair assessment.
Maybe paddling over a 15-foot waterfall is your comfort zone, yet you still feel alive and invigorated with each pass. Or maybe your comfort zone brings you nothing but joy and satisfaction.
According to our sagely sign, though, you are living a dull life.
What do you think? Is finding your comfort zone a positive or negative goal to achieve?
Personally, I enjoy leaving my comfort zone. It has taught me to experience the world outside of my own perspective. It has pushed me to go bigger and faster. It has almost killed me several times, something I will certainly never forget.
Why, then, are some of the most intelligent and thoughtful people I know perfectly fine with living a life in their comfort zone?