The optional risk associated with free choice is the greatest catch-22 in life. When presented with the choice, do you try something new or do you accept the proverbial zone of comfort for which you are already well acquainted? So many of us complain about the boring cycle of repetition present in our weekly routines, yet we choose no clear course for correction. Why? The reason is simple. The very source of our boredom also provides a solid foundation of unadulterated comfort. We are comforable with our current surroundings. Steering off the known track is risky, and we are terrified of what might happen if we do.
So, what happens when we stick to the current track? Nothing! Nothing new will ever happen. We jog along the same circular track at a steady pace daily. We pass by the same mile marker at the exact moment we did yesterday, and the day before, and the week before that. There is not a worry on our minds because we already know the terrain that lies ahead. We do feel a slight sense of redundant boredom, yet we immediately fall numb to the rhythmic sensation of familiarity in a zone of absolute comfort.
Someday we must break the cycle. We must choose risk over refuge. We must act on chance when we have the choice. We must ask ourselves, would we rather be terrified in life or bored until death? As for me, if I had the choice to be eternally bored or terrified on occasion, I’d much rather be terrified. How about you?