When was the last time you were forced out of your comfort zone? I've enjoyed my comfort zone for quite a few years now. I love being a stay at home mom, doing my various chores at a relaxed pace, and not having anything else to do besides take care of my family and work on my writing.
Now, because of economic reasons, I needed to find a job. I've been looking for quite a while, hoping to get something I could do at home over the computer or something like that, so I could be with my four year old.
A friend of mine emailed me about some jobs that were available in the Box Elder school district so I applied. I had my eye on a certain job there, but there was also another elementary school that was looking for a music teacher.
It didn't have the hours I wanted, but I put in for it anyway because, hey, music/music therapy was my major in college, so really, it was right up my alley. It ended up that they wanted me! Bad! And I had a very strong impression that this was the job I should take even though I'd have to learn to play the recorder and then teach it to all the third graders! Yikes!
This job will take me out of my comfort zone, will force me to stretch, demands that I start practicing my guitar again, and to stand up in front of hundreds of kids three days a week, but those are all good things that will make me grow. Right?
I can't wait to see how everything turns out. I want to make a huge, positive impression on these kids. It may be the only music some of them will ever learn. I'm the only music teacher many of these students will ever know, and I only get a half hour with each class each week. It's not nearly enough time, but I'm determined to make it stand out in their memories!
So get out there! Climb out of your comfort zone! Make yourself grow! Do something scary! It's those risks that make life wonderful and worth living! (So they say. I'll let you know.)