Picture the lazy weekend morning: The sun is bright, the day is young, and you’re in bed. For many of us, myself included, the temptation to stay in bed and enjoy the comforts of sleep and warm blankets is easy to do. It’s simple to enjoy the moment, to be still and content. I’m pretty sure that even those with uncomfortable beds or lumpy pillows enjoy these lazy moments and would rather stay in bed than confront the inertia of the day.
Similarly, for many people, it’s easy and comforting to go to the same job every day, to know what to expect, and to go with the flow. Even when they are not happy with their career or their co-workers, it’s easier to stick with what is familiar. Change is scary.
For me, the fluffy pillow was the four weeks of vacation I received each year. The warm, cozy bed was the defined benefit pension that I could expect to receive at the end of the road. The relaxing state of wakefulness that we experience in the morning was the comforting knowledge that each day, I would do similar tasks with the same people and collect my salary twice a month.
But what about the possibilities that lay at the start of a day? I had dreams of becoming a writer when I was younger. I loved the creativity of the arts. And here I was, making slides of solid tumours in the endless cycle of cancer research. This was my comfort zone and it was hard to leave.
Instead, I started small and began writing for a newsletter and a blog. Eventually, I got my first few freelance writing gigs that actually paid me money. I didn’t even have to make any huge changes! But it got me thinking – if these small changes already accomplished so much, what could a few big changes do? I was motivated and I had a feeling that it wasn’t too late for me. I asked myself, what good is the promise of a pension and weeks of vacation when every other week of your life is unfulfilling?
I took the momentum I had gained from my successful writing jobs and turned it into a two-year endeavour. It wasn’t easy, but like my previous attempt at stepping out of my comfort zone, it took only little steps. At each little step, I asked myself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Usually, the worst wasn’t as bad or as insurmountable as it first appeared. First I took classes while still working, so that my employer would cover the cost. I realized that I had what it took to go back to school. Then I took classes while working in a job related to my new field and I realized that I even enjoyed working again. Finally… I did math for the first time in seven years. Scary, multidimensional math! And I passed!
At the close of those two years, I emerged with a second degree, a new (and better paying!) job, and a good dose of pride. Despite the self-doubt, the sleepless nights, and the mountains of homework I never thought I’d have to do again, I’m in a much happier place.
Change is scary. We are creatures of habit and comfort and shaking up the natural order is not something we’re programmed to do. But in the end, while it’s nice to stay in bed, eventually you’re going to have to get out. Otherwise, you’ll miss the beautiful day that’s just starting to shine.
Guest Post By: The Outlier Model is a personal finance and lifestyle blog based on the pillars of “living life a little bit differently”. Focused on the belief that success follows those who choose to do something other than the normal, posts at The Outlier Model discuss topics such as budgeting, life hacking, and smart shopping.
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