As the title reads, I went out of my comfort zone recently. It was scary and uncomfortable, but I did it.
What did I do, exactly? My local community college is holding a free California Border Patrol Citizens Academy class. Basically, people who attend are going to learn the ins and outs of Border Patrol.
I saw the flier on Facebook and immediately thought to myself, “Nope,” for a couple reasons:
1. I will most likely get triggered and not perform well.
2. I’ll have to get up early on a Saturday, which will make me even more sensitive to triggers.
3. This type of work doesn’t interest me.
However, my aunt convinced me to sign up for it. That’s right. After talking with her for a while about it, I realized that taking this class will put me ahead of other people when I start applying for jobs.
Signing up for the class was a huge step for me. Once my aunt convinced me to sign up for it, I thought about the Border Patrol and read the flier again. When I was done reading, I developed an interest for the class. Perhaps I’m not thinking about working as a Border Patrol officer right now, but by taking the class, I might learn something that will make me want to join the Border Patrol. Who knows?
The point is that, if you stay inside your comfort zone, you most likely won’t get anywhere or learn something new. This is very true in terms of those who have misophonia. I’m not saying to go out and face your triggers daily, and for long periods of time. Because I also suffer from misophonia, I often don’t do certain things or go to certain places with a lot of potential triggers. What I am saying is to step out of your comfort zone every once in awhile. Do something you wouldn’t normally do. In my case, that’s signing up for a class because, hey, I know I’ll learn something, and it’ll help me in the long run. I tend to logic things out and tell myself everything will be ok.
I know telling yourself “everything will be ok” doesn’t work for everyone. While I encourage those who are capable of stepping out of their comfort zone, I definitely understand that there are those who can’t because misophonia is worse for them. To them, I believe you can slowly start to get there by finding healthy coping methods that work for you. I’ve listed some of my own coping methods from previous posts, and I’ll link a few I think you’ll find useful:
See you next week!