By Kaylin Cullum
Sometimes it’s hard to really get out and try new things. It’s a fact, everyone hesitates sometime, right?
As a young woman in college, sometimes I worry that I’m holding myself back, not allowing myself to really get out and experience the world. So one day I did it. I stepped out of my comfort zone.
To most people, my experiences might not seem life changing and might even come off as unimportant. But for me, they were a big deal. And that’s really what matters – stepping out of your comfort zone is different for everyone. You don’t have to cut off all your hair and move half-way across the country (though if you do, good for you!). It can be much simpler than that.
Here’s what I did:
1. I picked a law school. I’m a pre-law major, so choosing a school was inevitable, but I went out on a limb with my decision. I chose Georgetown Law, one of the best (or at least my personal favorite) and one of the most expensive law schools. This was a huge decision for me because I grappled between staying in state and attending a great school, but one that wouldn’t necessarily push my limits, or taking a leap of faith. I decided to go for it: I’m aiming high and I’m going to hit it.
2. I applied to study abroad. I was walking to work one day and I saw a poster that detailed a scholarship to study in Wales. At first my mind told me to just keep walking; there was no way that I would win. But as I walked, I saw the poster again. The dean of the college was putting them up and asked me if I wanted an application. I said yes. Finishing the application was grueling; it felt like the longest week ever. I struggled to get the application done, every day wanting to throw it away. But I couldn’t give up; if I won, I’d have a wonderful chance to go to Wales. And how could I pass that up?
3. I emailed Positively Smitten. I’ve always loved to write, so when I saw something that pointed me to Positively Smitten, I jumped at the chance to write something for them. Normally, I hate emailing or communicating with people I don’t know, but I forced myself to send the email. I sent what I felt was one of the most awkwardly written emails ever, and then I played the waiting game. I watched my email constantly until I received a reply. In the end, they told me that I could write something, and now here I am.
In each of these instances, I stepped out of my personal bubble and I feel great because of it. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a wonderful thing, and a great learning experience. At the very least, it’s made me just a little bit happier. It might work for you, too. You can start small. Say hi to someone or say yes to an opportunity that comes your way. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you try new things and get out and experience the world. Whether these things end well doesn’t matter; the only thing that matters is that you did it.
So even if my situations don’t end up exactly how I envisioned, that’s okay. If I don’t win the scholarship to Wales, I now know that I would love to study abroad. If I don’t get into Georgetown, I’ve at least tried and I can find another law school elsewhere. And if I never write another thing for Positively Smitten, at least I’ve written this and maybe it will inspire someone to try something new, and step out of their comfort zone at least once.
I’m just a normal person with far too many hobbies that sometimes conflict with my school work. I love a good DIY or how-to article and normally have my nose in a book when I’m not hobby shopping! A little strange trivia about me, my favorite animal is a moose.