The past couple of days I have done some stuff that I didn’t really think I would’ve dared to do inte past. On Saturday I filmed for GUCFS and on Monday we had our big event for our society where I had to speak in front of 50 people.
When I was younger this never would’ve been an issue for me. I always loved doing presentations, I spoke in front of my entire school at assemblies, I was in singing competitions and loads of other things. With age I’ve become a lot more cowardly and I really can’t pinpoint down when it changed or why it changed. There hasn’t been a defining moment. It’s just something that gradually happened and one day last year I was wondering, why am I acting like this? Why am I not throwing myself out there more? It’s my life, why am I not making the most of it?
It was around this time I was approached by GUCFS to go to their castings for their charity fashion show. I was really nervous and wasn’t sure about going but decided to go with some friends anyway. I decided there and then that me being scared or nervous about something shouldn’t stop me from something I want to do. I ended being chosen for the fashion show and had the time of my life doing it. I had to do photoshoots and walk down a long catwalk, I was very uncomfortable at first but eventually got to a point where I found more confidence in myself. What if I wouldn’t have dared to even show up to the castings? I would’ve missed on this opportunity.
This Saturday I was filming for the society, a promo to get more people come to castings. I was again quite nervous as I had never been filmed before. I look quite uncomfortable in the video, but who cares? I did my best and if I ever have to do it again, it won’t be as scary (hopefully).
On the topic of getting out of your comfort zone, we had our event on Monday for our society. I was incredibly nervous because we were speaking without any notes on us, no safety blanket. I could feel my heart beating as I opened my mouth but it actually went really well. A lot better than I thought it would go so next time I might feel a bit more confident when doing public speaking.
What I wanted to say with this post is that I think it is healthy for us to get out of our comfort zones once in a while. Sometimes you get too comfortable in the way things are and you might be missing out on an amazing opportunity to learn, grow and even find something you turn out to love.
We need to grow and challenge ourselves, which is why I’m hoping to soon go wall climbing, which I also used to enjoy when I was younger until I got scared of heights. We’ll see when that happens 🙂
Good luck with your challenges everyone! Let’s overcome them together!
Here is the promo video if you’re curious 😛