Is there life after you step out of your comfort zone??
I am proof that life continues. I recently made a huge life change, after 18 years at the same organization, I took a LEAP of faith, left and started NEW. I was terrified….
What terrified me?
Quitting terrified me, I had spent 18 years creating a community, friendships, routine, knowledge base, generating ideas, implementing policy, process, and projects. I knew the organization, I knew what to do, I knew people, I knew my place…..I was about to leave that ALL behind.
Starting fresh terrified me, having people not know me, establishing new relationships, learning new processes, adopting new knowledge, creating a niche for myself within my new place….it all terrified me.
Rocking my world terrified me, changing my schedule, altering my commute, what impact would this create for my kids, my hubs, would I be able to learn new things, would I be happy, would I regret making this decision, would I make new friends, would I be valuable to new organization, would I have knowledge to share????
Well….I am alive and well.
There IS life after you jump out of your comfort zone.
Quitting wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. It was surprisingly easy, my organization didn’t beg me to stay or make it hard to exit. I simply submitted my resignation, had a few comfortable conversations, and worked my remaining time and then walked out.
Starting fresh isn’t easy…but it also isn’t terribly hard either. I have met new people, created new friendships and am still in the process of having folks get to know me. I am learning new skills, expanding my learning to include platforms and processes, and I am creating a space for myself.
Rocking my world hasn’t been as bad as I anticipated, my schedule is good, commute is fine, my kiddos and hubs had basically no adjustment. I am happy, my decision to leave my past organization was the right decision…but it is still painful, I miss people, I miss knowing what to do and how to do it, I miss the work….but I am moving forward.
My take away….
Getting out of my comfort zone has pushed me in the direction of growth, it has made me do hard things. It forced me to take control of my destiny and life. I want my kids to know, understand and SEE that getting out of our comfort zone may be scary, painful, hard, worrisome, and uncomfortable, BUT when these feelings exist, we can get through it and there can be GREAT growth, sense of accomplishment, and a knowing that YOU CAN DO hard things!!
As parents we are continual examples for our babies, kiddos, children, so we must always keep in mind that little eyes are watching everything we do, how well we manage, and our emotional stability. I believe our kids will only handle and manage situations and obstacles as well as we, their parents/guardians do, so it is imperative that we manage things well.