A punch to the face: Stepping out of our comfort zone

Happy Halloween! Like willingly going through haunted houses, being open to do things that scare you is important for making the most out of life.

I checked out Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland this year with a bunch of friends. The haunted houses were well done and each spooky in their own way. Better still was going through them with my friend, Marie. I’ve never seen someone scream so often or at such deafening volumes.

Haunted houses and I don’t have a great track record. The last time I went through one was in Niagara Falls with my friend, Kristie, way back in high school. Like Marie, Kristie spooks easy. Unlike Marie, when Kristie spooks, she gets violent. Walking down a dark hallway the walls suddenly started to shake, followed by a terrifying racket.

I thought it was great. I love a good scare. Kristie? Apparently not as much.

You know that whole “fight or flight” instinct we all have? Kristie has both in spades. In frantic and irrational terror, Kristie spun around and punched me in the face. Pushing me into the wall she bolted for the exit, leaving me alone with whatever horrors lurked in the shadows. A loyal friend indeed.

Moral of the story: Making the most out of life often involves doing things that scare you. Trying new things means stepping out of your comfort zone and that can be frightening. But as strong as your flight instinct may be, there are times when standing your ground and facing your fear head on is the right decision.

What scary things have you done that have helped you grow as a person? Share your stories in the comment section below!

Funny stories. Good advice. I’m the author of “Simple(ton) Living: Lessons in balance from life’s absurd moments.” and “Balancing Priorities and Prioritizing Balance”. Click here to learn more and to purchase a copy. Thanks!

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