“I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” -Morpheus
This quote ran through my head as goggles took my eyes into darkness. A touch of a hand on my shoulder let me know that controls were being placed in my hands. I could hear directions being spoken my way, but they were faint and distant.
Suddenly I was standing on the corner of a balcony in some industrial hanger.
Welcome to virtual reality (VR). I was shown the door. Now I just had to walk through it.
I found myself playing archer while trying to keep the castle safe. I didn’t do so well. The castle was actually breached every single time. After much frustration it was time to go duck hunting. It was surreal to turn my head in any direction, and still get the 3D experience. My arms were growing tired. Who knew VR was such a workout? It turns out that I can shoot a virtual gun much better than use a virtual bow and arrow. Either way, my dad would have been proud!
The controls quickly turned into swords as I sliced a piece of fruit to determine my destiny. I have to say that Fruit Ninja quickly became my new favorite game. I loved listening to the swooshing of the swords as I sliced and diced the fruit that fell from above. This was a great stress reliever that I desperately needed!
There are many games and experiences to choose from these days. Your phone even becomes a virtual door with unlimited possibilities. As Morpheus is quoted, “I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” Whether you are doing virtual reality, or simply living in reality, I encourage you to always walk through the door. Otherwise, you would miss what great experience is waiting for you on the other side. Plus, the best thing about doors is they can always be closed if they are not the right one for you.
So what the heck is so important about being a Storm Chaser that is not afraid to step outside of their comfort zone? A lot actually. There are several studies that prove things such as:
1. Stepping outside of your comfort zone builds confidence.
2. It helps make you more flexible to handle whatever comes your way.
3. Stepping outside of your comfort zone helps push you to perform at your peak by constantly challenging yourself.
4. By taking risks, it helps us grow emotionally, physically, and psychologically.
5. Trying new things can help increase your creative side.
6. Believe it or not, embracing new challenges can also help us age better.
Yes, there are many studies that will tell you similar things, and you will most likely be fascinated with inkling to possibly try. But what’s the point in reading studies if you’re not willing to experience it for yourself?
Since Chasing Stormi has started, not only have I faced my own challenges that make me uncomfortable, but I have also grown emotionally, mentally, and physically. I do find myself to be more flexible and open to new things. I have also discovered that I am better at a lot of things I would have never have tried before. Most importantly I am learning a crazy amount of things that I never knew even existed!
I have met a photographer that was supposed to just be a one-time deal with Laughter Loves Photography, and instead gained a friend for life. By doing Yoga with Cats I learned there was so much more to the world of blogging than I could have ever thought was possible! And now I join Tabitha Philen with her Inspired Bloggers University and have gained lifetime skills to not only help me be a better blogger for you, but also to help keep me organized in my day to day life! Unfortunately, with so much school and work I am slow to get going in the game, but did you know that you can build more traffic from Pintrest than Facebook? Who knew?! I can't WAIT to see what else there is to discover in her classes! By taking yoga with Sue I ended up in Belize for a week with a whole new second family of 15! Each adventure not only helps me grow as a person, but it also helps to grow my close circle of friends that support me 100% whether I’m bragging about getting an A in my college class, or struggling to keep my head above water.
Do the studies really hold merit? YES! Is it worth getting a little uncomfortable from time to time? YES! Will life always be as exciting as it is in the baby stage of Chasing Stormi? YES! Because no matter what I will continue to be overwhelmed with new knowledge, finding so many amazing new friends, and seeing the change for the better in myself. So tell me…Are you ready to get comfortable yet?!
Have you ever felt like a tiny person in an enormous and engulfing world? It seems like that’s all I feel as I stagger through this new career that I fell into and wonder if my perfectionism will survive. Whether if it’s Chasing Stormi LLC, or the marketing business in general, I am constantly in awe of how much information there is to know! Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that I don’t know what to do with myself other than have a panic attack. In fact, I believe that this is my biggest uncomfortable zone I have with at least three more years of trying to find my feet left to go.
Not only has school been a whirlwind of education, but there was a lot more to being in the business of attempting to encourage and inspire as you travel down your own path. I truly believe that I have learned more in the last eight months than my head can possibly hold! So what do you do with so much knowledge in an unknown path? You learn to get comfortable with being tiny….
Those panic attacks will always be there. They will sneak up on you without any warning and you will have to fight to gain breath and calm once more. But we are Storm Chasers! We chase the storm, not get swallowed by it. If Stewart Little andthe Borrowers taught us nothing else it’s that being tiny is nothing at all! It makes us more creative when it comes to getting around and dealing with the engulfing world that we are living in, and who says that’s a bad thing?! Just because you feel tiny doesn’t mean that your heart, ideas, or personality could POSSIBLY be tiny at all! So be tiny. Get Lost. Get uncomfortable.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!