Sometimes, You Have to Take A Chance

There is an old saying: you never know what your capable of until you step out of your comfort zone.

I want to tell you the story of a moment in which I stepped out of my comfort zone. It is a moment that I will never regret.

Five years ago, I was looking for a new way to work out. The workout that I was doing at the gym was not doing anything for me, physically or mentally. On the way home from a doctor’s appointment, I decide to stop into a local martial arts school and ask for more information. Yesterday, I received my certificate for my Muy Thai Kickboxing black belt.

It was not easy to start and to this day, it’s not easy. Stepping onto the mat as a white belt is an experience that is full of anxiety and stress. Will I fit in, will I be able to keep up with the class, etc, are two of the multitude of questions that any white belt experience. These days, the difficulty is pushing myself to attend classes when I am tired after a long day and have a list of chores to attend to at home. But I still go to class regularly and I look forward to it.

A black belt and the certificate the follows is more than the cloth that is the belt and the piece of paper that is the certificate. It is the commitment, the energy and pushing yourself even when you don’t feel like it.

That night, I took a chance, it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. If I can take that chance, what other chances can I take?


The Curve-balls Of Life

Life, if nothing else, is a series of curve-balls. When we think we know what is coming, a curve-ball comes out of nowhere.

I experienced one of those curve-balls today. While I cannot get into the specifics of this curve-ball, I will say that at the very least, it has thrown me for a loop.

Part of me knows that this is an opportunity to branch out and grow beyond my current circumstances. There is the potential option to stay where I am, but I am at the point where I am ready to step out of my comfort zone.

However, there is another part of me that is to be honest, scare sh*tless. I am the type of person who relies on the familiar, on the expected aspects of life. Not knowing what is coming around the bend makes me uncomfortable and extremely anxious.  But the truth is that no one knows what is coming around the bend. We may think we know, but we don’t.

I am a believer in both fate and hard work. I also believe that our creator does not give us anything more than we can handle.

This too shall pass, but at the moment, this curve-ball is present and accounted for in my life.

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