Making a big life change is scary. But, know what’s even scarier? Regret. In 28 days I will move 14 hours away from everything I have ever known. I will leave behind my family, friends, co-workers, church family, and routines. I have a comfort zone in Valdosta that I am about to step outside of. I am moving where I know nothing. Michigan is a great state I have enjoyed my visits and soon I will call it home. I couldn’t tell you the next town over from where I will be living and I couldn’t even tell you the capital of Michigan. But why does that matter? I am taking a leap of faith to be with my husband.
Sometimes I sit and wonder what it will be like to start completely over. To have my own house, a new job, new friends, snow, and new routines. Sometimes I get teary eyed at the thought I will leave everything behind to start this new adventure. But then I quickly realize God already knows the path I am headed down. He knows what my life will be like in Michigan. Why do I second guess that at times? “Comfort zone”. I have a comfort zone where I am at currently. I know my daily routines, gym workout, friends, family, and school. On December 31, 2014 I will make one of the biggest decisions in my life. I will pack 26 years worth of memories in my car and drive away in the direction of my new life.
A year ago Nick and I closed chapters in our lives of relationships that we have been in for quite some time. God placed Nick and I in each other’s paths for a reason. He wanted to show us what life was like to live outside of our “comfort zone”. To this day our relationship is far from a “comfort zone”. It is exciting, adventurous, and a constant thrill of love and laughter.
If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. We have the option to not live in a comfort zone. But many of us get comfortable and are scared to take a leap of faith. You can’t start the next chapter in your life if your keep re-reading the last. The future is scary. But we can’t just run back to the past because it’s familiar or comfortable. We have to be willing to take risk, even if we fall. If I told you ten years from now your life would be exactly the same, would you be happy? Would you still be afraid of change? Would you leave your comfort zone for a different path?
Once you have realized it’s time for a change all the negativity will flee. The uneasy feelings you have will go away. The anxiety will vanish. You know you have made the right decision when there is peace in your heart. I am so thankful I have peace about the path God has chosen for me. December 31, 2014…. I am ready for you.
Remember how far you have come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. –Rick Warren