I've never been one to take risks. For a long time, I lived in a bubble- did what I was good at daily and lived in bliss. Sports, learning, reading, eating. And it worked for awhile. But as I have entered into this new phase of my life filled with change and opportunity, one day it clicked. As a growth-oriented person, naturally curious and bored of the mundane, there was only so much I could learn from living within myself and my daily routine. I could read as much as I wanted, but without application, nothing would manifest. I realized that no risk, no failure would bring me down permanently. If anything, I could only learn. And that became my motivation to reach outside my comfort zone. If I wanted to learn, I would have to step out of my familiar doorway into discomfort.
And so I did, and I haven't looked back. The way I engage in conversation has changed, my view of the world's trials has changed, how I rebound after I do fail has changed. All of these so-called "risks" started out small- raising my hand one more time in class, volunteering to be on a committee, attending an event not expecting to know anyone, reaching out to professors. With each one, a new door opened and I learned something new, discovering passions in the projects I involved myself in. Gained confidence outside my comfort zone- expanded it.
Now, I surround myself with people who look for growth- celebrate it within themselves and in me. People who work towards something they care about, not necessarily for themselves but to benefit someone else. Most recently, my friend Courtney and I planned Athlete Week at Chapman University. The first one ever and it was a massive success. We took it upon ourselves, just two girls trying to create a community within the athletic department that everyone wanted but didn't know how to create. She saw the need and she took initiative- I did my best to buy in. Together, we created something that we believe will last and make an impact on our fellow athletes. We learned and grew, challenging each other. Luckily, there's so much more to come. On to the next.