The Comfort Zone

I realize that I have built my life around a box, My comfort box.

The comfort box is our personal cozy space. That space where our activities fit a schedule and pattern.  A wake up alarm at 7,  the same monotonous work at office and then back to sleep. There is minimum risk and angst.  We are at peace here.
There are some days, when we have adrenaline rush and try to do something outstanding by breaking out of this unvaried schedule,  but then get tired and our heart says, “ This is all. I don’t want to try any more. I am happy where I am.

In our comfort zone, there is a sense of intimacy, safety and familiarity.

I too am in a relaxed zone right now. But in-spite of this, there is a tacit dissatisfaction and craving. Craving to learn , to implement my ideas , travel , explore and so much more! The comfort zone is getting a little ‘uncomfortable’. But, the thought and uncertainty of the outcomes of leaving this zone scares me. Stepping outside of our comfort zone means, taking a risk, and opening ourselves up to the possibility of stress and apprehension. We’re not quite sure what will happen and how we’ll react to the change!

I wonder if we are really comfortable about where we are in life, or are we just settling because of fear?

The hard reality is that most people I have met aren’t truly happy with where they are in life. They capitulate to beliefs that make them feel that their current place is the most they can be, and accept a life that never fulfills them.
The others who want to exit this zone and take risk but are limited by family pressures, society or restrictive thoughts of a stable and secure future.We have lost faith, and are too frightened to move or change our life, because we believe that whatever is coming next, will never be as good as what you have now.
I’ve seen inspirational quotes that encourage us to get out and do something new and something that we wouldn’t normally do. But breaking out of our routine just takes so much work! And moreover when we’re introduced to new and interesting things, the glimmer remains for a while and then fades so quickly!
It’s so damn difficult to change!

I believe facing it, rather than running, is the first step towards change.
Realization of where we are in life due to past events is the only way to truly understand if our life is controlled by us. Taking accountability for the state we find our-self in can be the motivation to make the changes needed to drive our life to a new level.

We live in a world where fear is the dominant feeling.
So, we all seek a sense of security. We want to stay in our comfort zone because to go from the familiar to the unfamiliar is too risky. The only way to achieve this is to break through our restricted thinking, and allow our-self to move farther.

After all, our dreams are worth the risk!


Hemangi is a Tibco Consultant. A dedicated Business Intelligence geek by day and reader by night. She is an amateur writer and a frequent traveler who loves to hear 90's music. Get in contact with her on

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