My quote this week might bring up visions of a reality TV show, but my understanding of it is vastly different, as you will see. Or maybe not. My take on quotes I hear and that resonate with me might be more of an 'eh' for you.
"Get comfortable with being uncomfortable." -Jillian Michaels
Sometimes I wonder if I had heard this quote before taking leap of faith throughout my life, if I would've hesitated. If I even would have jumped, or if I would've stepped back, away from the precipice of blind faith, and just continued with the path I was on.
I wonder if I would have been able to stay comfortable with the expected, both what was expected of me and what I expected in return.
I wonder if I would have turned my inner emotions of feeling stuck around and taken it out on others when I grew frustrated.
I wonder if I would have been able to find a slice of happiness and would have clung to it in an effort to just stay where I was and not take that leap.
I wonder, I wonder, I wonder ...
"Get comfortable with being uncomfortable."
No, my inner voice yells. I don't want to be uncomfortable. I like the comfort that comes with knowing what is going to happen. The twists and turns freak me out. The uncertainty and, at times, forced level of confidence that is needed to stand on my own is exhausting. It would be so much easier to say you tried and just do something else, the voice continues, ...quit.
This other little voice, one that is pretty hard to hear over the first one, whispers, 'you know that isn't what you want. You know you've got this. Not only that, you know you love this. So embrace the love, ... embrace the discomfort that comes with it. Step into it and own it, instead of investing your fear into it instead."
Not knowing what is going to happen, how things are going to turn out, or how you're going to get from point A to point B can be a little scary, which I'm sure almost everyone can agree with. You wonder, you worry, you stress about the unknown ... somehow tricking yourself to believe if you wonder and worry enough, the answer will magically appear in front of you that much sooner. Not only will it appear, but it will be the answer you have been looking (maybe longing?) for.
Remember when we were kids and we did stuff just to see what would happen? Because we didn't know but were fascinated to find out. I watch my kids do this still. 'I wanted to see what would happen,' they'll tell me, with a simple shrug of their shoulders.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I'll take it further and say to also embrace the unknown. Delight in the not knowing, instead of waking up each morning knowing exactly what it is you are going to do. Take a different road the next time you head into work. Try a different coffee shop. Try a new food. Take that art class you have been reading about, or sign up for that sport you keep reading about. Keep reaching for those stars.
Because after you get through the initial fear and discomfort ... you might just be filled with a feeling of elation and joy that you embraced the unknown, tried something new, and came out ok.
Love, Happiness & Coffee,
~ Heather ~