When we live in our bubble the things we know and feel become very familiar. Our senses are dulled because we can already anticipate what is going to happen. We see it often. It’s comfortable.
The only way to actually grow, or see if we are growing, is through exploration. Visiting a new scene, a new area, a new world.
Traveling outside our bubble can unlock many “spidey senses” that live deep down but don’t get to come out often. We get to have our guard up and make choices. We get to paint a portrait of a new landscape we’ve never seen before.
It can make us alive again. It gives us a perspective that the world is much bigger than our bubble and it rattles our thinking a bit. It makes us question what we believe at this moment.
That’s a good thing.
Because that’s how growth happens, through challenging our thinking, expanding our experiences, and exploring a whole new world we’ve never seen before.
We either want to be in the driver’s seat or kick back and relax as a passenger.
We can make it that binary.
Are we taking action or stalling?
Are we carving out our path forward or following what others tell us to do?
Are we in control of our emotions or react to every situation?
Do we tell ourselves when it’s time to stop or are we influenced by the judgment of others?
If we happen to be in the passenger seat at this moment then there’s no better time to try and take the wheel. We may not be able to control the outcome of what happens but we can control our effort and action toward completing the objective we believe in.
We get to become the main character in our own story if we just take the wheel and have the courage to lead.
It won’t be easy, it never is, but it’ll be worth it once we get a little further ahead.
We have to have the courage to try.
We never know if it’ll be the right path until we connect the dots looking backward. So we have to just put our foot on the gas and trust it’ll work out.
As the great Bobby Frost famously wrote, “I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference.”