That is my husband's motto. He says it over and over to the kids. I hate to admit it,but he is right. If we all stay myrid in our present comfort zone, we won't learn or grow. My mom has Alzheimer's and life is different for her this last year-she moved to WI, stopped working.,lives in assisted living, is trying to make heads or tails of her diesease, meets new people,etc. Trouble is,she has always been reluctant to try something new. At this age, it is remarkable hard for her and she is struggling.
My 15 year old,,however, has always been a go getter and loves to try new activities. She might not like them all,but she tries. I am talking out of the norm new things-she loves new languages and culture. She took Mandarin/Chinese online last school year. She is learning VietNamese on Rosetta Stone. She is an assistant English as a Second Language Teacher for Vietnamese HS kids who are at a local university this summer to increase their precollege skills. My daughter will go to new heights to reach and grow. She teaches me daily how to reach outside of my comfort zone. People say, " Wow, she is outgoing. She must not be shy." Yes, she is outgoing,but yes,she is shy. When she meets a new group of people who speak another language,of course it is a bit scary.However, she jumps in and goes for it. She has been invited every night to a social activity with these kids. We are hosting 2 for the weekend and I can't wait!
What do you do to come out of your comfort zone?
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.