My ice skating experiment ..
When ever I read about people who have gone beyond their comfort zone to achieve things , I have often wondered about the feeling they went through while undertaking the tasks they did , thus decided to explore it by joining an ice skating lesson . . It proved to be a perfect activity to test my comfort zone theory due to the following reasons:
1.The notion that “Malayali family women” do not do these kind of things !!
2. My classmates will be little kids (the same age as my own kids) as I was unable to attend adult classes due to work time limitations .
3. To most people I spoke to ( malayalees obviously this activity didn’t sound like learning a new skill, and most laughed at me!!
In the very first lesson I realized that, going beyond our comfort zone hurts bad- as i fell down countless times . Since many people from the gallery were watching this ordeal I should admit it was embarrassing , thus learned, “beyond our comfort zone”often makes people embarrassed
In the following classes I slowly gained confidence and balance though occasional falls were still ongoing . My break time was spent looking around and admiring those older people balancing perfectly and dreaming of the day when I could skate like them . The important lesson I learned was when you go ” beyond your comfort zone” it is very important to look at people who have gone beyond their comfort zone than those who simply laugh and advice but never do anything like this in their entire life !!
But the biggest learning came when in the 7th class I fell down and broke not only my arm but my ego as well. I finally came to the conclusion that before venturing out on your adventure you need support from your own family . Finally it hit me.. it is not possible to “change our family” in order to go beyond our comfort zone!!
But will it stop me .. Certainly not 🙂 And life will move on 🙂