As I let this exact moment sink in, I’m sitting in one of my classrooms in El Invu De Penas Blancas, Costa Rica. My body is physically here, yet my heart, mind, and soul, are split in other places as well.
I left Chicago three days ago and I know that some parts of myself is still currently there. I spent those weeks ending the year of 2017 seeing family and friends, and just being grateful for their existence in my life. I spent those weeks getting back to my roots and seeing how my family is now, after a year of being away. I felt like I was in a different planet. And now I currently feel like i’m in a different world again. There is a merging of two different worlds, Chicago and Costa Rica, that I am learning how to navigate emotionally. As I write this blog post, I know I’m at a phase where I am being “stretched.”
I am way out of my comfort zone because I am away from my family and best friends who I realized are roots in my life. They have cheered me on, and have also had to adjust with the lifestyle that I have chosen.
What I also realized is that I am uncomfortable with being comfortable. My comfort zone gives me happiness at a certain point in time, but being challenged and uncomfortable is something I have become so used to.
Being out of your comfort zone propels you towards growth and magic. It is where you learn, discover, and even find happiness in.
Working abroad and being in this school gives me a balance between the comfort zone and being uncomfortable. I can wake up one day and have a whole day full of surprises. The life I led before Costa Rica was full of uncomfortable days because I knew that in order to break the dysfunctional patterns of my life, I had to do things I did not know how to do. For years I learned how to embrace the uncomfortable and navigate systems that I was newly exposed to. Heck, my family flew across oceans and into the unknown because they deeply held a belief that it would be better in the United States.
When I am uncomfortable, I sit myself down and remember why I’m doing it. It’s for my love of people, teaching, traveling, and learning, and so much more. This had led me to so many magical moments- such as being surrounded by strangers who have become cherished friends here in Costa Rica, and other places I have gone to abroad. I learned how to open up my heart to strangers, learn, and grow through the lessons I have learned from them.
You have to get to a point in your life where the uncomfortable becomes comfortable. Getting out of your comfort zone is where all of the magic happens, and you get stretched beyond what you currently know, and you grow.
How do you get out of your comfort zone? What kind of possibilities do you believe exist if you make the leap and jump into the unknown?