“I’ve learned in my life that it’s important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you’re not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do.”- J. R. Martinez
Yesterday was the big day. It was the day I moved out of the apartment I’d been staying in for the last three years. Not only that, I’d been living on that same street for nearly ten years. The area that I lived in became so comfortable to me. It was all I knew from my teenage years to adulthood. This area was “home” for me. However, I eventually outgrew it. I was no longer able to thrive in that area so I had to step out of my comfort zone and move to a better neighborhood.
Being in my new apartment feels so different to me. I want to say that I like it, but I’m not used to this apartment. My new apartment is located in a much better area and has many amenities that my old apartment didn’t offer. However, I was so accustomed to my old apartment and the comfortability of the area and I feel like I miss it.
Earlier, I took it upon myself to do some retail therapy to help me feel “at home” in my new apartment. I went to a furniture store and bought a new dining table with chairs and a coffee table (which doesn’t arrive until Wednesday). I also bought candles, pictures, fragrances, a bluetooth speaker, and other things so I can feel at home.
When I arrived back home, I turned some music on and did some minor cleaning. I placed air freshener products around my apartment and sprayed the entire apartment with air freshener. I also put pictures up on the wall to enhance the environment. I am now excitedly waiting for Wednesday when my new furniture arrive so that I can feel more at home.
Even though it’s been bittersweet moving into a new apartment. I am happy that I took the initiative to get out of my comfort zone. Everyone in this world has so much potential to thrive and achieve greatness. In order for that to occur, we must let go of our comfort zones and go after whatever it is that we want. We must get out and do what may make us uncomfortable to achieve success. If not, we will never know how far we can go.