I've been thinking a lot about the activities other people enjoy regularly that I think I might too. I have either not seriously looked for the opportunity, or I didn't have enough patience to learn and understand the process. We are officially into fall on both the calendar, if not yet the weather in Minnesota. But the slight chill in the morning and the darkening sky's by 6:30 tell me winter is not that far off. I want to pick up a new hobby or two, and get my evenings and weekends shaken up a bit-get out of my comfort zone. I'm not going to take on any death defying stunts, but for me, these will be daring. In no particular order, here are my three comfort busting goals.
1) Learn to knit. Even if all I end up making are potholders or dishrags, I want to learn. I was in a seminar the other day and a colleague pulled out her knitting needles and yarn during the key note speaker. She was fully engaged in listening the the speaker, and her hands were productive. I love the idea of sitting with friends talking and knitting, or curled up in front of the television on a Sunday afternoon with a football game on. I've never really tried to knit. I have no crafting skills, but I am going to face this one. I found a few YouTube tutorials. Now, to stop this weekend to buy some yarn and needles.
2) Cross Country Ski. We have miles of trails around us. I've hiked in the winter and have even used snow shoes, but I've never really done much cross country skiing. I haven't down hill skied either, but I don't have a ski hill in my back yard, but I do have a park and walking paths. I need to find out where I might be able to rent the equipment, but I saw there was a Community Ed class offered last year, so assume someone will offer again this winter. I am sure some of you are wondering why living in the snow capital, why haven't I done this before. the answer is, I don't know; I just haven't.
3) Take a Zumba class. This one is probably the biggest step out of my comfort zone. I was never one for public dancing, and I have struggled with self confidence in exercise classes. this combines both those discomforts, but a friend swears I will love it once I try. We will see. I have a couple classes scheduled in October.
How about you? What has been your biggest comfort zone push? Did you find once you did it, you kept it up?
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