So much of what’s wonderful and interesting in life stems from the unexpected.
Within the unexpected is where many beautiful and sacred moments are born. It’s really difficult to be anything but present in the unexpected because it’s outside of the normal routine, which catches our attention more. When things don’t go as planned and life graces us with moments that we don't expect; This is what makes life rich.
The irony is, that it’s human nature to cling to what we know. We tend to define what is “known” as “safe” and “comfortable.” This pushes us toward favoring experiences, relationships and circumstances that we know, not necessarily ones that are good for us. This is why it’s so hard for us to peel ourselves away from situations that are no longer working for us. We may not be too stoked about them, but they are “comfortably uncomfortable.”
There is something stabilizing and productive about regular behaviors that we engage in that serve us. For example: awesome morning routines that allow us to feel grounded, a healthy way of eating, exercising regularly, and on it goes. Although, on the contrary, it’s important to be aware of things that are a consistent part of our lives that hold us back or keep us small. How will we know when things aren’t fully serving us? They won’t or will no longer feel very good.
Trying new things, exploring different territory, opening our minds toward different kinds of people can push us to grow and see from different perspectives. Becoming more curious about the things we don’t know and moving toward them is where excitement lives.
One thing to actively try in order to challenge yourself with gaining more courage and comfort around the “unknown” is to just start facing it. Feel the fear and go toward IT anyway. Usually, once you do, you feel more confident and realize that taking a leap into what you don’t know is rather fun.
Play around with this concept and enjoy the journey.
* The above image was taking in Joshua Tree, California.