Monthly Musing – June 2021 – Comfort zones
“Christine, you’re on in 10 minutes.”
I’m sitting in the green room of the Yarn Lane TV studio, a place that I had never even heard of six months ago, and I’m calmly waiting for my turn in front of the camera, mask on and knitting in hand. Six months earlier, I was considerably more nervous before my first TV appearance and I really needed my sock in my hands to keep myself calm!
It’s funny how quickly we get used to things, isn’t it? We got used to wearing masks because we had to and after having to really push myself out of my comfort zone to drive down to the TV studio, now it’s nothing like the big deal that it was. I had created a situation in my head that was quite unlike the unassuming, friendly office where the studio is based and once I could see how it all worked, I realised that there really was nothing to be worried about. That’s not to say that I’m not nervous at all – I am always concerned that I’ll say something wrong, or something stupid, or drop a rude word into the conversation (I do say b*gger a lot!) – but the actual process of walking into the studio and standing in the right space doesn’t feel like such a huge challenge any more.
I was at one of big daughter’s yoga classes recently (she’s a qualified yoga teacher now) and she was talking about fear and courage which always go together. I hadn’t really thought of it like that before, but that’s exactly what stepping out of our comfort zones is, isn’t it? There’s the fear of the unknown, of making that move to something different – sometimes a small step and sometimes a huge leap – and the chance that it could all go horribly wrong or fabulously right and we won’t know until we do it. We need the courage to be able to push the fear to one side, knowing that whatever happens we will have expanded our horizons, learnt lessons and become better people for doing something different.
Sometimes the fear is so big that we don’t feel that we have enough courage to be able to face it, but I have to say that every time I have really pushed myself out of my comfort zone to do something, the actual event that I was afraid of was nowhere near as scary in reality as what I had imagined that it would be. Our fear keeps us small and for the best reasons as that keeps us safe, but I think we all have the potential to soar if we can just let our courage take the lead.
That’s always easier said than done, and we all have our limitations, but I think that sometimes if we just give those limits a little push, we might surprise ourselves with what we discover.
“Christine, you’re on now. Are you ready?”