“Comfort, the enemy of progress.” – P.T. Barnum
The moment I heard Hugh Jackman utter these words in The Greatest Showman, I was transfixed by the sentiment. For many years, and for many reasons, I have stayed safely in my comfort zone – ignoring things I don’t like and avoiding things that scare me. On many occasions this has been to my own detriment; opportunities have passed me by as I lay sleeping in my little bubble of comfort.
I have aspired to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but letting others read my work has always terrified me. I write and write, filling page after page, but rarely let anyone see. If anyone does read my writing, I bounce back and forth between wanting to rip my laptop from their hands or trying to justify myself – why I said what I said, why I did what I did. My biggest problem is that I actually want people to read my writing, but I have spent so long letting my fear and embarrassment control me.
Hearing this quote from P.T. Barnum has inspired me to finally wake up and do something. I have created this blog as a space to showcase my writing and put myself out there. It’s finally time to step out of my comfort zone.