The “hustle” and getting out of your comfort zone are mottos everywhere.
Don’t get me wrong I’m all about the hustle and doing shit that feels uncomfortable. However, when was the last time you actually did either of those things?
Recently I just finished a 5 part dance lesson series. It included learning the waltz, salsa, and tango with the one and only Matt Z (the boyfriend). For the most part I enjoy dancing, looking a fool, shaking a little rump, and throwing a good shopping cart move into any situation.
However, dancing a choreographed number where the wrong step could royally screw up “the line of dance” (fancy dance terms, check me out) and send us butt bumping into the elderly couple next to us is not quite up my alley. Plus, to make matters worse, being seen in public in a full embrace with Matt for 90 minutes in front of 25 strangers – let alone anyone – definitely makes me want to shrivel into oblivion.
The first session was definitely weird and uncomfortable. As the weeks progressed things became a little easier and I may even have forgotten about the full embrace part. But then as everything started to get better, there was the tango.
This dance made me feel like an awkward new born giraffe with two left feet. Frustration and sweat started to set in, while Matt’s neck got redder and redder with each dirty look and exasperated sigh I shot at him. However, with each passing class things start to get better. And by the last class we had conquered it. Victory never felt so sweet.
I’m totally the type of person who only likes to do the things I’m good at and avoid things I’m not, hence why I rarely bowl. I know that about myself and I would dare to say I’m not a rarity – that most people prefer not to put themselves in a situation where they could look foolish or uncomfortable. But in knowing this fact, I actively try and seek out things that catch me off balance.
I get it. Believe me. But if you never challenge yourself with anything, life may never be anything but cardboard – bland, lackluster, with nothing noteworthy.
So maybe it’s dancing, taking a cooking class, going after your dream, or starting an exercise routine. But JUST DO IT as Nike would say.
Yes, it’s going to be hard. Yes, you’re going to feel like your getting better at it only to one day be knocked down and feel as if you’re never going to master it. But that’s where the beauty lies! Keep plugging away and expanding your tolerance for feeling uncomfortable because there will be that day when everything just clicks and it actually feels right and natural. That is the day you have conquered the thing that you may have rather died than do. That’s when crowning moments are made. That’s why you feel absolutely on top of the world.
Everyone deserves to have that feeling. But without the “hustle,” it would never exist.
So what is it that you are avoiding like the plague? Because here it comes: I challenge you to stop being a pansy and holding yourself back. I challenge you to just do it.
There is a saying:
Time is the most precious resource we have, so spend it enriching your life.
So I guess that means next up for me I’m going to bowl my heart out till it no longer feels alien. And maybe I’ll even be able to hold my own against our own resident bowling god, Drew.
Train hard, get weird, and hustle,