Speed skating is officially over for the season and although I tried to wrangle my way into a Sunday night summer session, it turns out those sessions are for the young’uns. Meaning, the skaters who race and are actually good.
That means I have five months of no speed skating and only Friday night public skates to practice crossovers and not being afraid of going fast, which is putting a bit of a damper on the whole “speed” in this speed skating thing.
The thing is, I write this blog for me but what I really want is for it to inspire you. To show you that if a 41 year old, non-athletic, non-coordinated mom can get out and try speed skating, then maybe you can get out and try something too. If this blog motivated even just a few of you to go outside of your comfort zone and try something you had always wanted to try but were maybe just a little too afraid to do, I’d be one happy camper. And I don’t even like camping.
But if I sat on my ass for the next five months and did nothing, which….let’s be frank…is actually quite enticing, it wouldn’t be very inspiring, would it? I can’t be all “Look at me eating chips and drinking wine, now you there, yes, you, the one reading this blog, go do something outside of your comfort zone”. That right there is called “lacking credibility”. Like when I swear to my children I didn’t eat anything from their Halloween stash and they point to the smudge of chocolate beside my lip.
So I’ve come up with a plan.
I’m making this the summer of stepping outside my comfort zone. Like the summer of George but without the slipping on the stairs and maybe never walking again. And not just with exercise stuff either. I’m committing to myself, and to you, to try things that make me feel uncomfortable or even fearful.*
And you’re going to join me.
Oh yes, you are.
For the next five months, I’m going to do things that take outside my comfort zone – from the small “typing in a font other than Arial 10” to the big “public speaking” and everything in between – then I’m going to write about it.
But this works both ways….I want you to go out and try things outside of your comfort zone too. Then let me know – email me, leave a comment, write a blog….whatever. Or if you’re not quite up to it, then send me suggestions on what you think I should try and I’ll do my best to do it. Within reason and all that.
I’m not gonna lie… it’s scary going outside your cozy zone of comfort, there’s a reason we stay in it. But if for one brief moment you put the routine of your life aside and just tried?
The feeling is indescribable.
Together we’re going to inspire other moms to get out of their rut and back in the game.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go find where my boys hid their Halloween bags.
*This does not include sexual positions thankyouverymuch