A couple of weeks ago, the American Idol series ended. I missed the first season, but I faithfully watch season 2 to this ending season, the series finale.
Even if you are not a fan of American Idol, you have got to admit there were some good artists that came from this TV series. These were people from all walks of life who took a step, a journey and chance to see if they could do something and to be something. Some made it and others did not. But the one common factor of all these thousands upon thousands of people over the years of American Idol had in common, they stepped out and took a chance.
On one of the episodes this past final season, a contestant performed with a song they were not necessary comfortable with, a song not usually in their genera. Upon the completion of their singing, Jennifer Lopez praised the contestant for the performance and said something interesting. She said “Life begins when stepping out of your comfort zone.”
In July of last year, Gary and I went on our first trip of 4 to Florida to find the next location that we would call home. Upon our return home I wrote a post ‘The Home Comfort Zone‘, and I wrote the following –
To grow and to live, I must move from my comfort zone and let go of the familiar and let go of the past. Is there a magic to this process of movement from static to dynamic? What will be waiting for me during the process? What will be waiting once completed? What if I fail to leave the comfort zone because of fear? What will and what if should not be in my vocabulary, these are fear words that keep me from moving from my comfort zone.
The results of moving from my comfort zone I believe will be living a happy life. It will be tough as I am set in my ways, but old habits can be deleted from me and new habits created. These new habits will be of excitement, undertaking something different, meeting people and making new friends.
In my post ‘our travel adventure‘, I wrote the following –
So the house is on the market now for 2 weeks and we are in the process of searching for an RV and a new truck to take us across the United States. We are in planning mode and plotting our trip to take us to the end of the year. Where will our travels take us?
I conclude today’s post with the following –
I will leave the home comfort zone once the current home is sold. I will leave my set ways, my current habits and start anew. I will do this: but I will admit I have some uncertainty and some fear. But then again if I do not try, my life will not begin again. The time is ticking, am I ready? The current home is on the market and ready to be sold, am I ready? The decision has been made, am I ready?
Life begins out of my comfort zone, am I ready?