Friday, January 18, 2013

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

Yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone by attending a two-hour writing workshop.  One friend commented that with all the writing I do she thought I’d be comfortable in that setting.  I was comfortable (and jazzed) by the end of the class, but it was uncomfortable to get up the courage to sign up, show up and participate.  I think I give off a pretty confident appearance and I am, overall, pretty confident, but I’m never initially comfortable in new situations.  This is something I’ve learned and have come to accept about myself, so I know that in order to expand my abilities and work toward my dreams, I must push myself into that discomfort zone.

The workshop consisted of free writing of varying lengths based on prompts offered by the facilitator.  My initial fears fell away as I started to write.  Normally when I write, I have what I want to write composed in my head.  Sitting at my laptop I simply transcribe the thoughts in my head onto the screen.  Yesterday, I had to think and write at the same time.  It was an amazing experience.  My brain felt nudged in ways it hasn’t since college.

I’m a highly organized person.  I like routine because routine is the root of an organized life.  I realized yesterday that my organized life, in which I regularly use my brain to stay on track and juggle our crazy schedule, gets a workout everyday plus I add to that workout with crossword puzzles and Sudoku.   However, that is a workout without heart.  Yesterday I gave both my brain and my heart a workout and I liked the feeling.  I felt like I was writing from something bigger than myself.


Janine Fowler - Alternative Housewife said...

I'm jealous! I haven't taken a writing class since high school and I'd love to feel creative like that again. I used to have a book of just writing prompts that I loved. Like you, I usually sit down to write/blog with something concrete already in mind.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Good for you! I can relate when it comes to my sewing. I am putting myself out there by joining blog hops where they give you a theme and you make what you want. It makes me think outside of the box and stretches me. I am always sure that I made a huge mistake for signing up and then I end up being so glad I did.

Ann said...

My sister and I once took a writing class from PCC (over 15 years ago) and a writing group came out of that class. We met for years and did impromptu writing with prompts. You might like a group like that! Writing is a NEED for me--and I'm guessing it is also for you. I always smile when a see a post from you. Thanks for sharing!