I’ve often wondered why difference has become somewhat of a modern “elephant in the room”, while being one of the most desired commodities in our society. We want to stick out. We want to feel something we’ve never felt before. We want to do something that none of our friends have done. We want to find that new song that keeps a smile on our face for weeks. We want to experience different emotions. We want to wear something that’ll make us look better than the rest. We want to switch lives with people we look up to. We want to have “that” idea that’ll revolutionize the world. We essentially crave difference on a daily basis, yet we’re afraid of change.
Even though we crave all this constant turnaround in our lives, there’s always a moment of hesitation when it’s time to exit our “bubble”. It’s that comfort zone that maintains a necessary amount of satisfaction and a little bit of wiggle room for additional happiness. We like the idea of being able to easily assure peace of mind. You can be the most adventurous, extraverted, outgoing, fearless person in the world; you’ll always be attracted by a state of comfort. The saying tells us that it’s better to live with remorse than with regret. We must go out there and explore a maximum amount of things because “experiences build character”. That is in fact true and we all know it. The breaking point takes place when it’s actually time to practice it and we fear a sensation of loss. I mean that would be terrible. We’d have to look into the mirror and deliberately admit that we are not “100% perfect”. It’s terrifying to think that we could actually make a mistake because there is no circumstance that could excuse being “wrong”, right?