Comfort is strange. Too often when I’ve asked friends or family how they feel about their jobs or relationships or their life, they answer with a shrug and an “I’m comfortable”. Now, being comfortable doesn’t mean you’re happy, it means you’re at ease. You’re at ease because there’s a familiar routine to what you’re doing, day in and day out.

So much of our lives are spent in comfort. We isolate ourselves to these comfort zones where everything is familiar and nothing is a challenge. And then we wake up one morning, old and frail, and we wish we could take it back. We have so many regrets over all the things we didn’t do; over all the things we wanted to do but chose not to because they interfered with our comfort zone. That’s not living life, that’s dealing with life.

That pretty girl you see across the bar? She will say yes if you ask her for her number. That job position you don’t think you have enough experience for? They want someone exactly like you. That talent show you’re too nervous to perform in? You’re going to get a standing ovation after your performance. You are smart, you are capable, and you are worth every opportunity in the world. You have to believe that. You have to take a chance on yourself. And if you fail? Then you try again.

Don’t fall victim to the comfort zone. If you don’t like your job, leave it. If you don’t like your relationships, end them. If you’re not happy with your life, change it. Life is too short to spend it doing only what’s comfortable.

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