I didn’t know that I had a writing comfort zone. I assumed, when I starting pitching myself nationally that in writing about motherhood and parenting I was only writing what I wanted to write.
And I was (and I am) writing what I want to write when I talk(ed) about these subjects. I am doing this while also sticking to what feels most comfortable. And since I would never allow myself to make that distinction, I stayed there, or in my comfort zone, because I had convinced myself that this was, after all, all that I wanted….even though it wasn’t.
Stepping outside of what feels comfortable. We should do what we feel most comfortable with because usually that’s what we think we’re best at. But, sometimes, it’s necessary to step outside of what, immediately, feels comfortable to us and try something different for the sake of self evolvement and growth.
When you do this, you will often feel uncertain. But, I’ve learned that sometimes it’s a good thing to live in uncertainty if that uncertainty is rooted in fear.
Sometimes we must feel uncomfortable to understand parts of ourselves that aren’t readily apparent, our insecurities, our fears, our anxieties, our true selves, our wants and desires.
Sometimes we must learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and learn, from that place, to continue on because the alternative of just staying isn’t working anymore.
So, today, I wrote a short story about a girl who wore red and throughout my entire time writing, I kept bumping my head up against this voice telling me, “This makes no sense! You’re wasting your time! Why are you doing this, anyway?” This voice is not unfamiliar, and I normally do ignore it, but usually in my writings, I don’t.
Usually, or when “she” gets particularly loud, I stop and start writing again with something that feels comfortable.
But, today, I persisted and I hope you will, too, in your writing and in your life. Ignore that voice that says you should stop and just keep going. Keep writing. Keep dancing. Keep at it until you’re done and “she” has nothing else to say but, “you did it!”