The incredible shrinking comfort zone

When we are younger, our comfort zone involves lots of socializing and trying new things. But as we "mature", we form routines, start careers, and have children. The scope of the things we do becomes more specialized and narrow. We go out less and meet fewer new people- especially outside of work.

So slowly but surely, our comfort zone shrinks. The things we are comfortable with have a use it or lose it quality. Our circle of experiences becomes smaller and smaller. It is so subtle, we do not even notice it happening.

So what to do? Start doing some things that you used to be comfortable with. See if you can ignite some of what you used to enjoy about these things. Go out dancing, go to a concert, ski, actually go to the parties you are invited to, say yes when a friend wants to go out, play soccer, paint, play your musical instrument, throw a party, go kayaking, find a meet-up group, go to a live sports event, take some pictures, meet an old friend for lunch. Most of all, try something new.

If you are like me, you will say, "Why did I stop doing this? I enjoy it so much."

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