Early this year, I decided to make a New Year’s resolution. It’s been a while since I made one because most of the time they wouldn’t last since the list was too long and they were mostly unachievable. So instead, I chose to make only one for 2017. A generic resolution that’s both achievable and applicable to various aspects of my life. A resolution I can stick with for the whole year or years, even.
I resolved that this will be the year I step out of my comfort zone.
I can probably say that I’ve been going out of my comfort zone frequently for the past years, but I feel like those were just little steps compared to the big leaps I’m going to take this year. To be honest, it’s been quite hard writing this particular blog entry and you will know why in the upcoming paragraphs. I firmly believe that life is all about growth. However, the truth is that as humans, we will always seek comfort which in the end will hinder our growth. This is why it is important for us to constantly challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zones because if not, we will always be left wondering, “is this all there is?”
I must admit that it may be uncomfortable, stressful and you will feel a lot of butterflies in your stomach. But you see, “great things never came from comfort zones”. I’m not saying you have to take huge leaps immediately. You can always start by taking small steps. As Tod Smith said, “every time you push yourself outside your comfort zone, even in the smallest of ways, your comfort zone expands and your self-confidence grows”. So the next time your teacher asks a question or needs a volunteer to solve a difficult math equation, I suggest you raise your hand. Probably you can try applying for that job you’ve always dreamed of, contribute your creative ideas in group discussions at work, or even by putting down your phone and interacting more with your loved ones. These are just some of the countless strides you can take for you to slowly break out of your comfort zone. If you succeed, great. If you stumble, still great. In fact, that’s the only way you’ll be able to learn, especially if you can appreciate that mistakes are inevitable and part of the learning process.
For the past 21 years of my life, I’ve always lived in Cagayan de Oro. Although my parents are from a different province, we have made this city our home, and this city will always be my home. Now the reason as to why I’m sharing this with you is that aside from work, one huge reason why I haven’t been actively blogging is because I’m preparing to move out. I’m going to be temporarily based in Metro Manila but I’m still unsure as to where I’m moving permanently. I’m still making arrangements but the options don’t include my hometown, CDO. It’s bittersweet writing this entry, to think this is my first post for the year. But I’m hopeful that this big leap out of my comfort zone will lead to a lot of growth in all aspects of my life. And as I embark on this new adventure, I’m still going to do my best to share it with you guys, once in a while.
On a lighter note, I also plan to take small leaps in the aspect of style this year to discover my own personal style. Recently, I’ve been abusing the t-shirt tuck trend which is actually an old 80’s staple making its way back into the limelight. Most guys would think only their dads could pull this kind of style off, that’s what I thought too. But currently, I think this is my favorite everyday staple. The fact that it’s very laid back is reason I like it so much.
You can mix and match with denims or trousers plus the right shoes to make it a casual or even a semi-formal look. Adding a bomber jacket can be a good idea too.
What I’m Wearing: Graphic Tee (Memo), Black Trousers (Memo), Bomber Jacket (Forever 21), White Cap (Rhipstop), and White Sneakers (Adidas)
What I’m Wearing: Basic Shirt (Memo), Black Trousers (Memo), Specs (Eye Buy Direct), Watch (Nixon) and White Sneakers (Adidas)
How about you? What’s your New Year’s resolution this 2017? Let me know by leaving a comment down below.
Photos by: Bjorn Lim
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