That Sound You Hear is the Shattering of My Comfort Zone

I leave for California in less than two weeks and my emotions are taking me by surprise. I’m excited but also somewhat sad about moving so far away from my family and friends. I’m also a bit apprehensive; living in Minnesota is all I’ve ever known. Of course, that in itself is reason enough to go; it’s healthy to move to new places, meet new people and try new things, Still, venturing so far beyond my comfort zone is a little unsettling, and I mean that in a good way.

I have long been fascinated by people who moved often when they were kids, and how being regularly uprooted like that influenced their outlook on life. My roots are so deep here—I’ve never lived more than seventy miles away from where I live now—that I can’t imagine what living in non-Minnesota will be like. Then I think of so many of my friends who came to America from other countries and cultures, often emigrating here under trying and even tragic circumstances. I am humbled by their resourcefulness and resilience and a little embarrassed that I’ve lived such a sheltered life. I’ve had enough of sameness and stability. It’s time to, as Ray Bradbury said, jump off a cliff and build my wings on the way down!

Life is always either a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.
Edith Wharton

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10 Responses to “That Sound You Hear is the Shattering of My Comfort Zone”

  1. MNCyn Says:

    If you don’t mind my asking … where in California? And what takes you there? Your post is very mysterious. :-)

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    This should explain all, MNCyn.

  3. Tsenre Seresac Says:

    “It’s time to … jump off a cliff and build my wings on the way down!” Whoa, I love it! That’s one way cool way of saying “Just do it!” or “Go for it!” Best wishes to you on your move to California!

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Much appreciated, Tsenre!

  5. Kim Wencl Says:

    Remember Phil, you are the captain of your own ship — and if your ship wants to sail back to Minnesota sooner than later there is nothing wrong with that! Just have fun and take it day by day and enjoy the moment!

    (Of course, these words of wisdom are spoken by someone who has never lived any place other than Minnesota for the past 56 years!)

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m with you, Kim. I bought a one-way ticket and have no expectations. I’m just playing it by ear.

  7. MNCyn Says:

    After I posted that question I thought – I’ll bet he’s talked about this in previous blogs. I’ve been traveling quite a bit this fall (with spotty internet access) and realized there’s a gap between your trip to the cabin in the woods and now! One of the places I travelled to was San Francisco, across that amazing bridge (!!!) and into wine country. It’s an adventure I highly recommend, especially if you appreciate the art of good wine. And it is an art! I’m in Nevada now. No ocean, but does have lovely mountains and the Colorado River. I try to take pictures but find it’s not easy to capture the ‘feelings’ of these sights. I admire photographers who can! (Or at least can come closer to it than I can.) Will be back in MN in a couple of weeks to – how many feet of snow?!! Offda.
    I look forward to your posts from California! It’s so nice of you to take us with you. :-)

  8. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Love San Francisco, MNCyn! Glad you enjoyed it there.

    FYI, I always link back to previous related posts. For example, I start this post with a hyperlink to my initial post about moving to California.

  9. Serena Says:

    How exciting, Phil! I wish you a safe trip and a wonderful stay in California. :)

  10. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Serena!

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