by Krissy Ward
I know you’re probably thinking, “um Krissy, I have chronic pain, I’m already in discomfort, why would I go seek it?” Well, growth and comfort can’t coexist. Every time you seek discomfort, you empower yourself and learn more about who you are. After being inspired by “Yes Theory”, a movement that encourages people to say “yes” to doing things that take them out of their comfort zone in order to grow as individuals, I decided to book a solo international trip to Thailand. Sounds crazy, right? That’s what everybody in my family is thinking... well everyone except my mom. She already knows I’m crazy lol.
Going on this trip alone will be the single most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever done.
I will be so far away from my safe space and in a country where I don’t even speak the language. A long flight and Fibromyalgia don’t even belong in the same sentence. But, I REFUSE to let fear and fibromyalgia win the war. Now they may win some battles (quite a bit actually), but they will NOT win the war.
While I start my journey of seeking discomfort, I ask that you do the same. Say yes to some things that you’d ordinarily second guess or talk yourself out of. Say yes to asking your crush out on a date. Say yes to quitting that job and going for your dream. Say yes to moving across the country. Say yes to trying a new remedy. Say yes to going to that party. Say yes to trying new foods.Say yes to asking for help.
Staying comfortable will stunt your growth and you may begin to feel stagnant. Going on this journey with me will leave you with fewer regrets and keep you on your toes; you’ll be prepared for the next battle. Never forget we are warriors. Let’s represent! Starting today, begin seeking discomfort everywhere you go and know that I am right there with you, terrified as I’ll be seeking discomfort of my own. It’ll be scary, but so worth it.
This is only the beginning. My goal is to inspire you guys to say yes to all that life has to offer. Seeking discomfort is a lifestyle. I can’t wait to share my journey with you and also hear about your own.