Out of My Comfort Zone

Posted on March 14, 2012

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I get these themes in my life from time to time.  They’re opportunities for growth that I notice presenting themselves again and again.  The more I ignore them the worse things go for me so at this point I’ve learned to have some humility and see what I can learn.

My current theme is leaving my comfort zone.  It started when my very good friend asked me to be in the Cheshire Rock Opera.  He wanted me to be the White Rabbit and sing a song called “Evidence” at the trial of Alice.  Now, I felt like I couldn’t say no because Sean has done a lot of nice things for me over the years, never asking anything in return.  The other reason I couldn’t say no is because I could see life was handing me an opportunity to leave my comfort zone.

I suppose I should take a moment to mention, some reasons I’d be inclined to say no are; I don’t sing (unless it’s karaoke time and I can really make a mockery out of a song), I don’t perform and I not all that good at doing something entertaining when it’s pre-planned.  However,  I’ve been known to be quite entertaining on the spur of the moment, but let’s not get off track.

So, I decided to step up to the plate.  I went to practice, I learned my lines, I put together a costume and I even recruited a friend to do my make up.  When the night of the performance came I had a cold, I was nervous and I couldn’t remember the whole song.  But! I got up on the stage and pulled it off.  My friends said they liked it and no one in the band yelled at me.

Recently I’ve had another opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.  I’ve been asked to be in a band with real musicians.  This is very scary because I haven’t been playing that long and I don’t consider myself that good.  I’m tempted to mention this at practice but the voice of reason said to me “why don’t you let the other band members decide whether you’re good or bad instead of you telling them.”

I tell you all this in hopes that you’ll be inspired.  When you step out of your comfort zone you never know what you can pull off.  As long as you go forth with expectations neutralized, and a light heart your efforts will become art.

Please give it a try and let me know how it works out.

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