Flipping channels again, and hit on The Jon Stewart Show and who is there but Pete Townshend of The Who. Having seen him on one of the morning shows I was about to flip back to the Housewives of NYC, when he and Jon started to talk about all the new media and it caught my attention.
After a short discussion of twitter, Facebook and all the music sites, Pete shared his lack of participation in any of these. Right there my ears pricked up, a man after my heart. He then went on to talk about his blog on his website, years ago when blogs first started he was one of the first to write one. He immediately had 10,000 hits, and he was so impressed with himself until he realized it was it was thirty people hitting it over and over to see what he was doing. I started to LOL, I no longer have to feel bad that I don’t have millions of readers. I was actually removed from Blogger, because they thought I was trying to inflate my numbers by visiting my blog, when really all I was doing was trying to fix it. That little two-minute interview did more for my self-esteem than six months of therapy, if he can deal with not achieving instant success at this blogging stuff so can I.
The takeaway is how we need to be kinder to ourselves, especially if we are doing something out of our comfort zone. We need to cut ourselves some slack or we can never allow ourselves to grow. This so important as we get older, because we get so much more entrenched in our attitudes. Is it better to be trying to learn new things, and falling a little short at the beginning, or should we just give up to save face.
I realized, speaking to my groups at Weight Watchers, that I often wouldn’t try a new sport or exercise if I believed I wouldn’t look good doing it. I discovered many people feel that way, you have to allow yourself a learning curve at anything new, why aren’t we kinder to ourselves.
What one thing could you do this week that would take you out of your comfort zone? Speaking to a group of neighbors about a political candidate in your city? Joining a bridge club, if all you have ever played is solitaire? Taking swimming lessons if you are afraid of water?
I am terrified of horses, I should try riding lessons or at least visit a horse! I can’t guess what you might consider out of your comfort zone, but you can. Get out there and go for it, it will make you feel like a million bucks. I don’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned that I never dreamed I could write anything. My letters home from camp consisted of; how are you? I am fine. Now when anyone likes my writing, I chuckle to myself, if they only knew. I still don’t consider myself a writer, but I sure am outside my comfort zone. Why don’t you join me!!!!