I like the Bollywood movie – Highway – and especially this photo still (above). It was released more than three years ago. In this movie, the female protagonist (Alia Bhatt) discovers about life and herself.
There are several moments in this movie which I love; however, what piques my interest is that the character of Alia actually finds herself after she steps out of her comfort zone (in this case: her cozy home and luxurious life).
So, what is comfort zone? A place where you feel secure and at ease. It’s not bad right? I mean, you are comfortable, so you must be happy and content. Being in comfort zone indicates familiarity. We live in the patterned world of our existence that keep us relatively comfortable and calm, and help us stay away from mental and emotional instability.
Unfortunately that’s not the case. The longer you stay within your comfort zone or in daily rut, the less happy you tend to be.
The question is: If you want to stay in your comfort zone for entire life, then how will you know what it is like behind that invisible line?
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new”. –Brian Tracy
The only reason that halts you to not cross that line is the fear of ‘what if’ you do not make it through. We fear to challenge ourselves mainly because we may fail or get hurt in the process. The problem is nothing ever grows when you stay in the comfort zone, except laziness, anxiety and fears.
According to wise folks, the only time you feel the magic happens is when you step outside your comfort zone. Stepping out of your comfort zone is the most difficult task in your life and yet this gives you immense happiness.
It’s only when you push the boundaries of what you feel is comfortable, and challenge yourself to try new things.
When you go on an adventure, when you explore and experiment and, yes, take a bit of a risk; that’s when you learn and grow and, ultimately, you fulfil your passion and accomplish your desires and goals. You may have an inkling while moving out of your comfort zone but don’t fret because this is normal. Instead stand in front of the mirror and say it out a loud: ‘I am strong and I can do this, so bring it on!’
And who knows, you may also find contentment and meaning in your life outside your comfort zone just like the female protagonist finds it in the movie.