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Apr 17, 2019 21:14:16

Get Uncomfortable, Then Grow ...

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Jack Lyons

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When do you know you're too comfortable? And if you do know, do you or would you deliberately act on it to get yourself uncomfortable again?

The reason I ask is because at this point in time I feel like I'm in the middle of a shake up. It's been just over four months since my wife and I packed up our apartment and left home in Australia 🇦🇺. We've been living out of our backpacks and working on the road from our laptops. It's been challenging and stressful but I also think it has helped me clarify a lot of things I thought I wanted in life.

To be honest though, I get the comfort itch easily. This means I usually need to shake things up at least once every year. Some people might see my obsession with travel as if I'm running away from something. They might see me as a bit of a travel bum with no career prospects or goals to set down roots.

You know, we've all met the ex-pat type: you're somewhere in Bangkok sitting on the street at 2am and some guy is drunkenly rambling about his life he left 10-something years ago. He's sad because he cut all his ties with home and swears to never return because he got cheated this way or the other.

That is NOT me!

On the contrary, I see travel as a way to grow in so many areas of life. From social interactions with strangers, to learning new languages, hustling for freelance jobs, climbing over cliffs above the ocean, hiking volcanoes, riding motorbikes in busy streets ... you name it - it's all about expanding your mind and soul. You're a different person by the time you come home.

I worked so damn hard to become a web developer so I could sustainably travel and build a career. I don't see travel as a way to "put life on hold". Travel may be my reality right but that still means I need to work every day, save money for the future, pay taxes and keep healthy. I just choose to also do a lot of fun stuff along the way too 😀.

So yeah, that's my take on "getting uncomfortable"... In my opinion the only true way to grow is to get uncomfortable and make mistakes.

But am I being unfair to say that you need to actually get uncomfortable in life to grow as a person? Or is it OK to just be comfortable in life? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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    @jacklyons No I agree with you people need to get uncomfortable. If people think they can achieve massive success while in their comfort zone, they are not going to do it. It is interesting to hear about how you are handling life after your decision to make such a drastic change in lifestyle. It sounds like it is working out well for you.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 17, 2019 20:26:45
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      @brandonwilson Thanks! Yeah it's hard leaving friends and family when travelling ... but at this point in life everyone around me is busy chasing their careers and having families, so I have noticed even if I were at home, catching up with everyone doesn't happen as often.
      But it is worth it tenfold for the amount of personal growth that occurs. But I'm sure some people don't need to drastically change everything to still find growth ... just a matter of preference.

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Apr 18, 2019 06:50:08
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