“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you” zig ziglar. #quote #success #outofmycomfortzone …
When writing my goals this year, I decided in 2019 I wanted to add a bit more playing into my life, I wasn’t sure what form it would take, just needed things aside from work as part of the equation. And so I find myself on the morning before my first performance in around 15 years, I am singing, acting and generally playing the fool as the narrator in a reimagining of Hansel & Gretel for the next three weekends.
This week was hugely challenging for me, I felt out of my depth, not able to keep up, and like I was not a ‘real’ actor. But I was not prepared to do anything half assed so I jumped in and did the work, the only thing I could do, and now, on the morning of our opening day I am PUMPED!!!
There were two reasons I was out of my comfort zone… The first one obviously was I have never acted. I thought I had a couple of lines and a few songs to learn, but it was a lot more, and it was hard, rhyming dialogue that connects the entire show. The other ‘real’ actors were relying on me.
Secondly, it was because I wasn’t in control. Our director, my friend Cath, is a creative genius and this is her thing so I had to take direction, not something I am normally good at.
I feel grateful for the experience as it has pushed me out of my comfort zone massively, particularly the second part and given me a new appreciation for the power of collaboration.
There is no escaping the work though… Your goals are always on the other side of hard work.