29 Oct Venture
Venturing is important, whether that be geographically or personally. I was lucky enough to geographically venture last Christmas when I traveled to Europe with my two best mates and experienced amazing cultures and cuisines. Personally, I feel, venturing is more difficult for a lot of people, but it is important.
No matter if that includes meeting new people, taking on new opportunities or taking risks (*shudder*). I even ventured out through this photoshoot I did as well as this amazing website, putting in time and effort into something that, while I am passionate about, nobody may even read!
While staying within your comfort zone, rolled up in a nice burrito blanket, sounds lovely, we all have to step out of that zone at some point, lest we become stagnant and stuck. I’ve been better at doing this recently but I’m definitely not queen of risks. I say start small, go out a little more or take on an extracurricular. This is what I did, now I’m meeting new people and making new friends, travelling and going to concerts by myself, and putting myself out there more.
Now, there is a line between calculated risks and being reckless. As someone who over-plans and over-thinks, I’m the least likely person to be reckless (lucky me!). However calculated risks are not only important I feel, to live more fully, but also is a great in between for reckless and comfort for those who love their burrito blankets.
Do you ever have a thing you really want to do but it’s just far enough out of your comfort zone that you need a little push? I will share my recent scheme.
I tell two people. The first person I tell is usually due to me just needing to talk about it. This also allows someone to also hold me accountable for doing said thing. I then also tell a second person. This allows two people now to be able to pester me with ‘So how did the thing go?’ and ‘Did you do it yet?’ Which encourages me more.
Of course, this doesn’t work for everyone and may not even work at all for you. But it’s something I like to practice. If you have a different method, let me know what it is!
Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard but is a necessary not-really-but-kind-of evil. But doing so will allow you to experience things you may have never otherwise. So give it a go! I’m sure you won’t regret it.
Photography by the lovely Taryn Geeman. Thank you for this amazing photoshoot!