You'll never know how far you can go unless you push yourself beyond the bounds of comfort.
It's a simple bit of wisdom that becomes misconstrued because so many of us associate it with physically intense labor. But your bounds of comfort go far beyond anything physical. They're equal parts mental as well. Imagine the person that won't give public speeches because they shake and their mouth goes dry. Imagine the person that won't step into the ocean because they're afraid of drowning.
Comfort is the home we set up all around us. Surrounded by the familiar, we slowly forget there's an entire world just outside our door capable of transforming us into fully realized versions of who we are now. But instead of answering the call to adventure, we choose to sit at home and go about the routine that is our lives because it is comfortable.
Some of us, though, some of us peek outside. We see something new and we venture out not knowing if this thing will lead to pleasure or pain. Our desire to expand our knowledge spurs us onward. And for every upsetting moment, there are a thousand precious seconds to show us just how amazing life is.
Outside your front door is a vast expanse of land formed from billions of years of change we only get a mere snapshot of. Stand on the top of a mountain and marvel at the majesty of turmoil. Stare out across the oceanic abyss and take in the ecstasy of loneliness. Surround yourself with the depressed whisper of the wind through trees that have seen the rise and fall of civilizations.
The world is not happy but nor is it sad. It is a bittersweet balance of life where death is just as necessary life. And if you're willing to enter into it, to try even little things that make you uncomfortable, you will be better for it. You will begin to wake up to the possibility that if you can accomplish that one thing and survive, what else can you do?
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.