Last week I posted about my experience that took me out of my comfort zone. Ice-skating. Mainly because I hadn’t done it in so many years and was quite hesitant in getting on the ice again. Going out of your comfort zone is so important for personal growth and development. I’ve decided on the continued journey of going outside my comfort zone in order to continue to challenge myself on this walk of life. Before I get into what I did I need to prelude it with the fact it was the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. That meant there was so much activity in the city over the course of 3 days.
Besides the All-Star game itself one of the major attractions was the Air Jordan pop-up store that was open 24 hours throughout the duration of the weekend. Sneakerheads and collectors of the merchandise were on deck and lined up for two days to get in when the doors opened on Friday February 12th for the launch.
Why am I talking about this on a post about going out my comfort zone you ask? I’ll get to that in a moment.
The store had a line up to get in when I arrived. I almost didn’t go in because of it. Until someone told me this was the shortest it had been since it opened on Friday. I waited about 30-40 minutes. Through the line Tim Horton’s coffee and hot chocolate were being given for free along with Timbits and cookies. That was a nice touch to keep people occupied while waiting.
Once I finally entered the store I was instantly enjoying the DJ spinning the sounds of old-school hip hop. They were rotating DJs in 2 hour sets I was told by one of the staff.
I was drawn to the limited edition merchandise made just for Toronto. Some were really nice, while I thought others were kind of playing on the ‘Canadian’ stereotypes; like the t-shirt with Air Jordan sneaker skates.
I was about to leave the store when I decided to go outside my comfort zone and take on the basketball drills challenge. Here is where I was facing the idea of going outside of my comfort zone. You see, I haven’t played basketball since in high school. I was actually nervous about doing this because I know what expectations people would have when they see a tall person. A six foot one tall woman captures people’s attention and they often assume that I must be some amazing ball-player. My mind was stuck on thinking about what other people would be thinking and that people would be watching with more attentiveness at this athletic looking tall woman. It almost made me not do it. But I got over it and said I’m going to do it. What’s the worst that can happen.
So I got out there and did all five. Trust me when I say, I was breathing heavy and my muscles didn’t know what to do. My eye had coordination wasn’t what it used to be many years ago. I did my best and that’s all that counted. In the end I scored 80/100 average on the score. I was happy.
With the #AirJordanXXX on, I continued with the drills and staying out of my comfort zone. This one was not easy for me. I realized my eye hand coordination isn’t as strong as it used to be. As I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t played #basketball since high school. Even though I was very, very rusty I still managed to score 80/100 total average for the drills. Glad I went out of my comfort zone. #life #lifelessons #iprosper #lifewithivy #jordans #jordanstore #allstarweekend #nbaallstarweekend #Toronto
( If video not playing above – Click Link to video on Instagram here for my drills: https://www.instagram.com/p/BBy3WV7TBsn/?taken-by=ivyprosper)
The lesson in all of this was four things.
- Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to do the unexpected.
- Don’t worry about what others may be thinking. They are probably just as fearful about trying.
- When you just do it, you realized that the hardest part is going out there. Once it’s done, you feel so much better and see that it wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be.
- Life is about stretching and growing and you can’t do that if you stay in the safe zone.