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Beyond the comfort zone

I have a magnet on my fridge that reads, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone". I bought it to remind myself to push through the moments when my brain says, "You can't do this!" Unfortunately, my brain screams those words at me more often than I would like to admit. If I listened to my brain, I would be shut off in my tiny cottage house with no friends and never go out.

It is difficult to step beyond the edge of comfort, to explore new worlds, new paths. And even though my brain screams at me to stop - my soul commands me to move forwards, to try and fly.

We all do the best we can every single day. Some days my brain wins, but mostly my soul wins out. I want to experience new things, meet new people, try to trust the old people in my life.

My hope for you is to realize that life is about more than the "comfort zone". Try new things, explore life, accept the setbacks, and enjoy the moments of triumph. You never know who you can be until you step of the accepted and discover the unexplored.

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Going to boarding school was certainly out of my comfort zone; however, it was the best decision of my life. I'm grateful to be part of such a great community.

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About Stacey Lannert

Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.