I personally consider being outside of one’s comfort zone can be either a good thing or bad thing. It really just depends on the situation. For example, many common major-life-events call for a necessary change in comfort, in my opinion. This can include changes in career-status, adjustments in health, and moving to different places, among others. Things in such a situation tend to shift dramatically, so it is necessary to try and adapt to the new event as extensively as possible. Even so, it is good every now and then to look back on what you’ve previously been through, in order to learn from those experiences and apply them to the current situation. Then there are times when pushing yourself outside your comfort zone can seem sort of unnecessary. For example, at a common social gathering (non-business-related), it’s usually best to try and stay away from behaving in a manner completely unrelated to your usual self. That’s not to say it isn’t good sometimes to act differently; just not so much that it detracts from your association’s high judgment of you.
Lately I’ve been fascinated with the concept of subliminal messages and effects. This has a lot to do with images I’ve seen that carried an arguable subliminal symbol (whether on purpose explicitly or implicitly, or not on purpose). These representations have shown me that often there is a hidden motive in the display of images throughout media. I think it’s interesting that when it comes to certain highly publicized movies (or songs or other forms of media), the workers involved have either admitted or denied such images. It’s also amusing to me that not everyone who is exposed to the presentation actually experiences witnessing the subliminal message. Or sometimes people’s accounts will vary on what the message actually is. This definitely seems to uncover the reality of how different each of our minds is. One can postulate that our perceptions of these experiences even go down to the very subconscious of the human psyche.
There have been days in my past where I often imagine being left out. It has been relatively infrequent, thankfully. Of course there are instances when being left out of a function is actually a good thing, and those tend to be more frequent and less of an issue. The “left out” I’m referring to for this entry is the more general sense that I have been somewhat shunned out of a special group, whether it’s a function or a group of friends. In that case, I may have been left with senses of inadequacy or sometimes even shame. I’m trying to remember these occasions, and the result is I end up weighing the significance of each event, wondering if it even matters, you know, in the long run. Was I really left out? And if so, was it a bad thing? I know for a fact I have become a stronger person as a result of learning from these experiences. The same should hold true for other people as well, depending on the reasons for these encounters. The impression that you are somehow “inadequate” can lead to a desire to improve yourself in a way that is healthy for both you and others. For instance, you can try to find inspiration in others who have been in your same situation, and then try to turn any negatives into positives. You can turn to an activity or group that will end up transforming your actions into something beneficial for the community. That can definitely help bounce you back from the trenches.