Leaving the comfort zone
I am about to leave my comfort zone.
I’m a kind of a loner. I prefer my adventures with a small group of close friends or just my husband. I like the silence. I hate the idea of full wilderness huts or taking guided tours with a big group of people I don’t know. Chatting small talk rather than enjoying the silence. I don’t like snow shoeing either. I’d rather ski.
But now, I signed up for a mass snow shoeing event in a region I would never had considered interesting.
It was one of those quiet evening, lying in bed and surfing on Facebook, when I saw the add. High Coast Winter Classic, snow shoe with hundreds of others, outdoor skill courses (which I believe I don’t need), and pre and after parties (which I believe I hate). I didn’t even check where exactly this even is, somewhere in Sweden was good enough, when I had already signed up and payed.
I couldn’t explain to myself why I had done it. But I do believe in being open minded, exploring new things and trying out stuff you have never thought of doing. I also believe, that I can learn a lot on this trip. About other ways of doing stuff, other peoples ideas, new ideas and methods, new equipment. I am also sure I will learn a lot about myself, snow shoeing through what seems to be a beautiful Swedish national park, alone, yet surrounded by lots of like minded people. And I promised myself, I will try to make it to the post-expedition party too. At least for a while.
I’ve got about 100 days now to get prepared. And I’m really looking forward to it. Leaving your comfort zone doesn’t need to mean doing something that is harder what you’d normally do.