I love comfort. I always look for ways to enhance my comfort. My clothing is comfortable....I love nice soft, flowing fabrics. My family room sofa is verrrrrry comfortable. My bed is the all-time pinnacle of comfort. All of these things, and many more, are consciously chosen and thoroughly enjoyed.
There's nothing wrong with being comfortable, yet there are also some benefits of being uncomfortable.
As we stretch ourselves into experiencing things that are unfamiliar, it can be uncomfortable. Whether the experiences are professional, educational, social, recreational or as in my recent case, technical, trying new things where we are not already competent, secure and talented, reminds us that there is more to learn and discover. The joyful benefit of willfully stepping into discomfort is that we are often surprised by the results.
A dreaded social engagement that was out of your comfort zone, can be the opportunity to meet the person of your dreams. A professional discomfort can introduce you to a whole new part of yourself where some unknown talents were hiding. A never before experienced sport can bring out a new sense of athletic confidence and enjoyment.
If you don't try it, you'll never know, so I encourage you to look for something that makes you uncomfortable and give it a shot. If nothing else, you will have a new interesting story to tell and I guarantee your joy level will go up regardless of the results.