Seek Discomfort

There is a certain definition on when you will attain new skills and fun. For me, that is getting out of your comfort zone.

As Wikipedia tells us:" comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress."

The state in which we don't do anything that gives us chills. It can go as far that the normal life we live in feels boring because we tend to know everything we do. All is foreseeable. It is in your home, with your friends you always hang out with. It is the job you always did and the sport you are good at. It is this state in which people feel they have lost their sense. Complete void.

To attain a greater sense of life and fulfillment there is no other option than stepping out of your comfort zone. Everything new you do will feel uncomfortable and that's completely normal. Everyone feels that. But the bigger the discomfort, the higher the rewards you will reap. In life, there will be challenges. Confronting these and searching for a solution that is not the most comfortable but the best and uncomfortable. Do something that you never did before. Quit your job and be an English teacher abroad. Or help others in need. There are endless opportunities. We just have to believe in what we do and let nothing stop you from chasing after this goal. If you want to achieve something big in this world you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

"Growth and comfort do not exist"

They are actually, for me, complete opposites. The inspiration that got me thinking about this topic was the youtube channel "yes theory". They try to live the discomfort lifestyle and have great success with it. What would be the world if all humans had a constant urge to attain growth through challenging their current state and seeking for the challenge in their lives. It would definitely be a better world I can say.

But there are some common problems I see. People who are successful in their lives and reached a good understanding of how it all works seem to see themselves as a moral superiority. While blaming capitalism and the current education system they tend to think they have the solution. Knowing what would be better for the human nation. But that's in most cases just nonsense. If they have not worked with school and attained a great knowledge of the education system they simply just can't present solutions because they don't know better, period.

"Before you judge others, clean your own house."

The point I want to make is that you are just a small part of all. And making a million dollars does not state that you are a "better" human than anyone else. Blaming others for not doing what you did is just crazy but very common nowadays. You would be the same person and similar circumstances. Pursuing your goals and chasing after them, getting out of your comfort zone is the best thing you can do. But always keep in mind that this won't ever be for everyone. Accepting this is a key step in reaching fulfillment while communicating with others.

As Hemmingway wrote in the book "The old man and the sea":

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

If it's not your goal to change the education system, because it needs change and wise persons to do that. Then why bother and complain about it? Focus on the things you can change. When I read the old man and the sea there was kind of an "aha" moment for myself. I realized that actually, all that we do has the great purpose of giving all we have back, be remembered. The book just makes this clear in such a memorable way. Santiago, the main character, just don't even think of giving up. And when he is successful it comes clear that it provides him with a legacy that will endure far beyond any monetary gain ever could have.

This whole message is our foundation of rtro. The art of traveling just fits into this principle perfectly. But, you don't have to start seeking discomfort by directly going abroad. You can begin by just taking small steps. Maybe you always wanted to learn a new sport. So do it. There will never be the perfect time to start. So just do it now, or you won't do it ever. The take the initiative and go for it. You will be rewarded, I promise. Building up from that part of your life should be searching for, as it seems, unbearable challenges. Why not climb the mount, Everest? You will find ways.

Thank you for reading

rtro