Just One Thing

I was reading my book at the gym this morning and I came across a quote.  “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

We spend too much time trying to find comfort and routine.  Doing things that are familiar seem much easier, the “what we are supposed to do.”  Then what though?  If you are only doing the things you’ve already done, then are you ever moving forward?

Trust me, I completely get it.  I thrive off of my routine, keeping things familiar and certainly change free.    I am only 35 though, so if I stop pushing myself, stop experiencing new things right now, then how much am I truly living?

It seems like this thing that “scares” you, really could be just about everything.  Having a new conversation, learning a new skill or doing a new job.  Maybe the thing that scares you is staying quiet when you really want to talk, or finding your voice in an intimidating situation.  Talking about the future can be scary, so can forgetting your past.

Admitting to people that you have problems.  Saying out loud to someone that you are sorry, like actually saying those words.  Not just some jumbled up excuse that you believe lead to the conclusion that you are sorry (hate this).  Allowing your mind to be open, free, capable of leaning new information and changing what you thought you already knew.

Loving hard and stronger, even though it may not last forever.  Give constructive criticism when it can actually help, instead of pretending everything is ok.  Try a new recipe and don’t be afraid if your whole family hates it.

We need to start living a life.  Not just going through the motions.  Making different choices than we think we “should”, different than we normally would, embracing all the wonderful things that life has to offer.  Comfort is good, but stepping out of that comfort zone is when we learn.

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