One night in high school my friend Jeff and I were contemplating life, which was something we did often. We called these nights “talking dates,” not because were were dating,
but because we were two friends who genuinely loved talking to each
other. A typical Saturday night meant we’d be at IHOP enjoying their endless supply of coffee and all-you-can-eat pancake specials, while discussing the latest gossip, our current crushes, the future and our hopes and dreams. I kid you not; we did this and it was awesome.
On one particular night, close to graduation, we had a talking date similar to the dozens of other ones we’d shared over the course of four years, but this one was different. With the future we so longingly talked about getting closer and closer, and with all of our friends about to part ways and go to different colleges, fear of the unknown started to seep in; life up until then was pretty perfect for our group.
So that night, in between bites of pancake, we scribbled words on a paper napkin to help us cope with the next chapter in our lives:
Please don’t misunderstand; the “uncomfortable place” doesn’t mean going against our womanly intuition we get when something is about to go wrong—that vibe is there for a reason. It simply means that getting out of your comfort zone to experience something new can lead to great things like new friends, a great adventure, new sights, lasting memories, etc.
This leads me to one of my other favorite quotes that I’m almost embarrassed to say where it’s from (Mandy Moore’s character said it in Chasing Liberty):
There are so many other quotes I love, including several Bible verses that sometimes literally get me through life’s everyday moments, but I always come back to the one my friend and I made up a random night while eating pancakes.
Life is more fun when you take chances and actually experience life, and sometimes that means going with the flow and getting out of that perfectly nice comfort zone, don’t you think?!
*linking up with Story of my Life‘s #blogeverydayinmay challenge