Recently I was asked to be a part of a puppet show that my church puts on every year around Christmas. I’ve been to watch it for long enough to know that this is no ordinary puppet show, but an all-singing-all-dancing 1.5 hour long production, performed to almost 1500 people and involving months of rehearsal and several damaged backs or knees. The thought of puppeteering in something which I had grown up with and been so in awe of the people who did it quite frankly terrified me, and I was this close *indicates a small closeness between my fingers* to saying no.
I knew there were so many other people who would be much better than me, and I thought it just wasn’t the kind of thing I do. I’m just not the kind of person who puts themselves out there and does things! I’m the kind of person who would sit quite comfortably at the back and enjoy the show. All in all, it was just something outside of my comfort zone, and normally that means I find some excuse not to do it and instead stay at home with a book and my onesie.
However, in the end they were quite low on people, so I agreed that I would do it, although I honestly didn’t want to. On the way to the first rehearsal I had a sudden panic and was about to ask my dad if we could go back home, but in the end I pushed myself through and went. I decided that I was going to do this whether I liked it or not, and that (as well as my encouraging Dad and sister who were also involved and the promise of chocolate) was what stopped me from running back home to my bed!
As soon as I sat down and we were busy chatting and highlighting scripts whilst passing around a tub of celebrations my worries disappeared. I realised that I might actually really enjoy this, and that it would be good for me to push myself out of my comfort zone (which seems to be becoming smaller all the time).
The show was an awful lot of work, but I loved every second of it. I discovered the lovely friendships that come from working so hard with a team of other people, the adrenaline that comes just before a performance and the satisfaction that comes when you do something well. Doing this show gave me new confidence, new friendships, new skills and a new way of thinking about things. Next time I’m asked or offered to participate in something, I’m going to (try to!) seize the opportunity with open arms and an open heart.
My main new year’s resolution for 2016 is to try and push myself out there and make the most of all the opportunities I have, because I guess I’m only going to be 15 once.
I’d love to invite all of you to try and push yourself out of your comfort zone at least one time this week, whether that be putting your hand up in class if you don’t normally, talking to someone you’re slightly scared to, joining a new club, starting a new hobby or wearing something that’s not your usual style!
Let me know on Twitter or in the comments if you want to join me in this challenge, and I’d love it so much if you had any success stories or felt inspired to write a blog post about this and wanted to tell me!
Lots of love,