Leaving Your Comfort Zone

June 1, 2016 Off By Sunil Paul

Leaving your comfort zone

Out Of This World…

During my school years, I was very shy and introverted, often choosing to stay in my room with a book instead of going out.  Over time I learned to have more confidence in myself and come out of my shell, making new friends and getting out of my comfort zone. I think leaving your comfort zone can be very intimidating, but can give you a different perspective on how to approach challenges and opportunities.  I’ve always enjoyed reading stories about people leaving their comfort zones, or taking that leap (figurative or literal!) to explore and discover more about the world around them, and themselves.  A story I have been writing is one that explores this theme.

While it takes place in the future and does have a science fiction/fantasy element, the focus of the story is about leaving your comfort zone.  The protagonist, Emerelda, is a student from Mars who loves playing earth sports.  Her dream is to travel to Earth, the birthplace of her favourite sport, basketball.  While she does love Mars, her interest in earth sports and culture have led to some in her community teasing her and saying that she was born on the wrong planet.  Her hope is to be accepted as a transfer student to Earth.  Once there, she looks forward to meeting new people, making friends who will share her interests, and liking her for who she is.  I included a picture below of her in her home, with a window showing Earth in the background.

Leaving your comfort zone

Leaving your comfort zone

 

As someone who was very shy growing up, I can appreciate the difficulty of trying to leave that comfort zone and letting people get to know you.  Illustrating and writing were my way of expressing myself, and over time I was able to get to know new people.  Leaving your comfort zone can be very intimidating and humbling, but I believe it can help you gain more confidence in yourself and what you are capable of doing, and hopefully pass that along to help others achieve their dreams.

This is my first blog, so thank you for choosing to read it, and I’d love any comments, whether it’s about illustration, illustration styles and trends, writing, or any stories you would like to share!