• A comfort zone is defined as “a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress” (Google). Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone, done something that had a “what if” next to it? I b

    • Emma, I completely agree with what you’re saying. Up until recently I’ve been terrified to try something that might make me feel vulnerable or uncomfortable. I have learned to embrace these moments because, like you said, they can help you grow as a person. You wrote, “But in order to be able to do something different you have to step out of your comfort zone, it will allow you to learn more about yourself.” I have learned a lot about myself by doing exactly this. I really enjoyed how well you explained your point/perspective on the subject. Nice job!

    • Emma, what you said really resonated with me. Learning to embrace the uncomfortable and use it to make yourself better can be really challenging, but also really beneficial. Like you said, it teaches you about yourself and makes you a stronger person. You have a really interesting, honest perspective on this subject and I’d be interested to hear what else you have to say about it.
      Maggie

    • Emma, this is fascinating! I am a person who typically has trouble stepping outside his comfort zone, but I want to have self confidence. You provide good, easy to understand examples that help the reader grasp your idea. I have one question and that is “How can we push people to take the first step outside their comfort zone?” As we all know the first step is hard. Just beginning to build your self confidence can be difficult and from there it gets easier. For example asking someone to your school’s Homecoming Dance your freshman year is a total nightmare. Some don’t even go because they have a fear of rejection or whatever it may be But if they follow through, It makes it easier the next time until you are a pro come Senior year. What can we do to better initiate this process? I would love to hear more about this to apply it to my own life.

    • Emma, I really like the message you convey! I have always struggled with doing things outside of my comfort zone so it was nice to read this. I really liked your example of, “For example, rather than going to sleep in your warm cozy bed, go camp outside in a tent,” because it shows that simple acts like sleeping outside can help push our boundaries, even if we are just taking small steps. I really enjoyed reading your perspective on comfort zones and look forward to reading what you write next!

    • Emma, I think that you’re right about the way that leaving comfort zones can improve self confidence. I liked your example about the dress. I think that it might seem kind of superficial, but wearing certain clothes that you thought you wouldn’t like is a really good way to actually find out whether or not you enjoy it. Plus, once you find out whether or not you are comfortable, you can be more confident in yourself.

    • Emma,
      I agree that it is important to step out of your comfort zone, but I think there is a limit. If you have a healthy, active lifestyle, would you decide to eat nothing but cake for a week and stay in bed just because it is something different? I believe that if a situation presents itself and is not obviously dangerous or detrimental, it is okay to be uncomfortable and try something new, but I do not think that finding something that makes you uncomfortable is necessarily the right way to approach the situation. Would you agree?

    • Emma, I think you provide valuable insight about embracing trying new things and how it can create positive change in your life. I like how you acknowledged that everyone’s comfort zone is different and thats okay. I read something the other day about a few reasons why stepping out of your comfort zone can be beneficial for people. Here is a link in case your interested (https://www.forbes.com/sites/annlatham/2018/04/11/16-reasons-why-you-should-get-out-of-your-comfort-zone-now/#3d6b797a62e5) Thank you for sharing this article. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    • I think everyone needs to come out of there comfort zone every now and again for example when I stepped out of my comfort zone when I was at a amusement park and went on a ride I didn’t like I realized it wasn’t that bad actually it was really fun.

    • It is a hard yes wonderful thing to expand you horizon and try something you normally would not. I agree with your writing and I really liked the part about how maturity is a form of wisdom.

    • Emma, I really enjoyed your article and I completely agree with your stance. I would say the highlight of your piece was you making a connection of self growth and wisdom. Another strong area of your article is how you included simple and complex examples, this helped widen your audience. Your discussion of self-destructive behavior was very interesting and I feel as though many people can not only observe in society but relate to personally. Normally I would critique your usage of informal diction, however, given your topic and your audience I feel like it actually works better.

    • You make many good points in this. Here’s a link to an article talking about the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zones in regards to cognitive health. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201310/stepping-outside-your-comfort-zone-keeps-you-sharp

    • Emma, I really loved this post. I always find it difficult to immerse myself in something new. Talking to complete strangers is one of the main fears that I have, but I’ve been able to work on that the past four years due to being in such close proximity to people. The idea of regret that you presented in this post resonated with me this year as that’s pretty much the dogma that I’ve been following my senior year.

    • I really love how you worded what we should do with our comfort zone, and why we shouldn’t always be in it. Because sometimes when we step out of it, we can discover new things or be opened up to a whole new world.

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