I created a photography challenge for myself, and a few friends are participating. Today’s category is ‘comfort’. Taking a picture for this challenge inspired a whole domino effect chain reaction type sequence of thoughts, which ran me down a rabbit hole. Surely you have had similar happen to you at some point.
My first thought was, menopause is a bully. I realize I am getting off easy in many respects of menopause, but nonetheless I do not enjoy hot flashes. Not even a little bit. As I searched my brain for inspiration to take a picture of ‘comfort’, I landed on the idea of a fan. My mind was spinning about creativity and photography but my body was screaming ‘go jump in ice’. Not really; but you get the vivid idea. SO I played around with my phone and selfies, with a fan, and the picture below is my result. You may not even be able to tell it is a fan in the photo; but it is and it was turned on. I was allowing myself a momentary pause from my tasks to cool off and feel some comfort.
Now back to the rabbit hole. Comfort is an amazing thing. Everybody likes to be comfortable, yes? I do enjoy air conditioning, no lie. I enjoy indoor plumbing as well. We all have modern day comforts that make our lifestyles more pleasant. Some things we could live without, some would perhaps present a hardship. Right now, my dryer is broken. This is NOT fun. However; it has caused me to get out of my routine and as I’ve done that, growth has occurred.
My point is this. I know it sounds cliche, but life exists outside of your comfort zone. There is no growth in your comfort zone. I often tell my kids that they are not entitled to be comfortable 100% of the time. I usually find myself spouting off those words as they are fighting over the A/C vents in the minivan.
I dare you to get uncomfortable. Do something different. If you are sleepwalking through life, stop that. Wake up. Shake things up. Just imagine all of the amazing growth, lessons and rude awakenings that exist outside your cozy space.
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady