Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. That’s how the saying goes. It means that we shouldn’t dwell in the parts of our life that are easiest. We need to stretch ourselves and put ourselves in situations that leave us feeling maybe a bit overwhelmed or that are too big for us. It can apply to working out. When everything burns and you can’t catch your breath – it’s mighty uncomfortable but if you can linger in this zone for a little longer each time you will see tremendous results. It can also apply to life.
What I am doing now is tremendously uncomfortable. I am giving up my quiet suburban housewife life to pursue my dream of being a professional musician. It not only puts me in an uncomfortable spot but my family as well. My children have to deal with a myriad of babysitters and nights when I don’t get to tuck them in and say goodnight. My husband has to deal with nights alone wondering if I am safe and when I’ll be home. I have to deal with the loss of ease. A sudden change in our daily routine, where I can’t be home doing laundry and keeping house all day but instead am practicing and writing and treating this like a real, time consuming, job. It’s an adjustment for all of us and at times I wonder if it’s worth it to put my family through this – to put myself through all this change.
All I can do is look out to the future full of possibilities that, at the moment, are completely unknown. The safe, comfortable way is already written. I know that road – I can see the end. But this new path is exciting and shadowed in mystery. I have no idea if I will be successful or if I will fail. I have hopes and dreams, I even have plans and goals, but really all I can do is risk my easy, suburban life in the hopes that I can achieve something greater. And for that I have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.