Comfort Zone? Leave it Behind.

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

-John Muir

Early in my career as a paramedic, I discovered that no growth (professional or otherwise) comes from sitting within your comfort zone. Every compression performed, trauma witnessed, pre-arrest managed, and every difficult call completed facilitates your growth as a paramedic and as an individual. I also learned very fast that without balance, the sheer amount of human suffering witnessed on a daily basis can wear you down. On my days off I solely thought about my next shift and ruminating on what call I would do next. As noble as the profession is, I began to realize that I was living to work and not working to live. So I did something simple that day: I went outside. The next thing I did was I got out of my comfort zone. Very quickly the experiences began to mount.

I waded through waste deep water in a wild cave system with only my headlamp to guide me.

I fell in love with the mountains.

I booked my first international trip to Belize with my fiancĂ© (now wife). A country we hadn’t even heard of until a few years before.

I learned to climb ice and rock. Paddling whitewater is admittedly still a work in progress.

As I collected these experiences and skills, I realized that the beauty of these moments and places are something everyone should experience. That moment of awe and sheer wonder is something that cannot be matched. It’s an essential component of what it is to be human.

I’m writing this blog to share my experiences with everybody and for my readers to hopefully share theirs. We’re all in this journey of life together so let’s make it the best that it can be.

The adventure begins here.

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4 thoughts on “Comfort Zone? Leave it Behind.

  1. beautiful and yes I totally agree I work in isolation in the north as a nurse clinician where doctors come maybe once a month for a few days and when we are feeling overwhelmed there is nothing like nature or travelling or just sitting staring at the sea or the sunrise or sunset
    Keep all your dreams alive and live for today
    Connie Stone ( I believe we are related )

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