While chilling out in beautiful downtown Bondi, I came across an interesting article on the living savvy site “Is pushing out of our comfort zone always a good thing?”
Here are my thoughts based on my experiences over the last half year or so:
If growth is your plan, then a bit of discomfort is almost inevitable – a caterpillar has to grow and change to become a butterfly. My own personal odyssey has been uncomfortable, challenging and downright scary for me.
I’m just an ordinary kind of guy – father of two wonderful kids; a husband to the most supportive person I know but an ordinary person none-the-less – and I find myself having taken on a challenge to try to help create a safe world for my kids to grow up in.
Even though this is way outside my comfort zone I believe that, had I NOT done this, I would have regretted it for the rest of my life. In order to do this I have invested my nest-egg in public speaking skills; I have left (however temporarily) a good job; I have even left my family (the raison d’etre for all of this) to cycle around Australia over almost 5 months.
I am encountering lots of new experiences along the way – not least of which is dealing with media opportunities and “selling myself” to organisations that can help me get my message out. This is even discounting the physical trials of riding 5 days out of 7 and giving presentations afterwards. At the ripe old age of 54 this is something that 7 months ago was not even on my radar let alone a plan of action, yet I find myself now over 1,500km from home talking to people on how they can make a real difference in their lives and help to drive down their GHG emissions while avoiding unnecessary energy costs.
This is all good stuff and I wouldn’t change it for the world – after all, it’s the world as we know it that I want to save.
……..I don’t know if any of this rings true for any of you but feel free to leave a comment if you like – this could be on your own experiences or simply what you think about this kind of thing.
I can only speak for myself but this roller-coaster ride I’ve been on since February has been one of the most enriching experiences I have had in my 54 years on this blue-green planet we all co-inhabit. I heartily encourage each and every one of you to follow your dreams & passions; especially if this is something that you perceive will make a real difference in the world.