Sometimes stepping outside of your comfort zone doesn’t just mean that you try a new activity, or jump on a plane, to travel to a country where you’ve never been. For some people, stepping outside of their comfort zone includes letting down their walls and opening up. Maybe it’s even to 15 strangers who help you make lasting friendships.
When yoga instructor, Sue Parks, asked me if I wanted to come to Belize with her, it took me three days to commit with a solid yes. What was the point in asking people to step outside of their comfort zones if I wasn’t willing to do so myself? Would my own willingness to take calculated risks really encourage anyone to do the same for themselves?
I decided to let fate take the wheel. This time I would travel outside of the country with a group of people whom I hadn’t met for the possible adventure of a life time.
After spending the first day traveling, I learned that I was with a very extraordinary group. A family traveled with their mother because it was on her bucket list to travel outside of the country with her children at least once. A couple vowed to have three stamps on their passport before they decided to start a family of their own. (They’re on country two!) Another couple decided to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with us. One woman traveled with her husband, hoping to reconnect with their long lost friend with newer friends in tow. These newer friends included another couple that traveled all over and shared their laughs and love with us all. There was another Storm Chaser who was also trying to step outside of her comfort zone and try new things with her very entertaining husband. They shared yet another adventure together. Also included in this group was our yoga instructor that will catch you when you fall, literally, and encourage you to do all sorts of things! Her loving partner was always at her side. He was a great fisherman, and a great story teller. And last, but not least, was our poor leader, who tried to keep all of our silliness and craziness in check as we traveled from place to place, that is, when he wasn’t joining in the fun himself.
It was easy to call them family by the time we returned to the states. They encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone with activities I had planned and some I hadn’t. They were patient when my previous concussion proved to be a continued difficulty, no matter my attempts and desire to make it stop.
So thank you Funny Frank, Humble Helen, Marvelous Marie, Sexy Scott, Sugar Shane, Super Sue, Jaguar John, Stretchy Sue, Triumphant Tricia, Trouble Maker Todd, Extreme Emily, Phenomenal Phil, Courageous Chris, Awesome Andrew, and Bold Brad for making this experience the best one yet!
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!