Whatever It is, Do It Now.

If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.


–Thomas Jefferson– 

To All Nerdies who wish to have a different life.

The title of this post may imply otherwise but I am not going to tell you to do whatever it is that you want to do now, because honestly I have no idea what you should or should not do. I put that title just to sound sure when in fact I just want to talk a bit of comfort zone. My thoughts of it might or might not be true, but it’s all I know and can share.

So, feel free to point out my mistakes. Please.

Comfort Zone   

Here’s what I think.

Comfort zone could look or feel comfortable. But so could a jail.

If you think about it, in a jail you don’t need to try so hard making money. Because they serve you your food on schedule, you never have to worry how you would afford to get by. And because money is out of your concern, you can put your focus on things that you actually enjoy, like reading books or meditating or other things that probably feel luxurious to us freely strolling citizens. And if your crime is small enough, you’ll actually get more services than punishment in a prison. That’s why homeless elders in Japan would steal something small from a convenience store only so that they can be sent to a jail. It’s strange, but it’s a fact. You can look it up.

On the contrary.

Living outside of a jail freely also means having to make endless choices on a day to day basis which often feels like a suffocating trap.

You know what I’m talking about, you’ve surely been there.

Start from the moment you wake up, there are feels-like-hundreds decisions you need to make in merely a day, like which clothes to wear, what kind of coffee to order, to drive or to ride the bus, to answer emails or to phone your clients first, to scold your staff or to be Zen, to get mad at your husband or to swallow your anger, to abandon your kid or not. No, no, that isn’t right. Yes, I am joking. Of course I am joking! Don’t abandon your children!

But you get what I mean, having to decide on too many options sometimes smothers you.  So in the evening, when your spouse lets you off of having to pick what to eat for dinner you feel somewhat relieved. So now you let go your freedom of choosing what you’d eat, yet what you feel is convenient. You feel comfortable of not having to decide.

Here I am by no means telling you what’s good or bad, I am merely stating that from a slightly shifted perspective, even freedom could look like a trap, and even a trap could look like a comfort. The same goes with comfort zone. It could look comfortable or look like a trap, it totally depends on how you see it.

Because freedom does not only mean being able to do whatever you want to do, but it also means being able not to do whatever you don’t want to do.

Freedom is the power to choose our own chains.


Jean Jacques Rousseau

Another thing.

Comfort zone feels especially comfortable when you look outside and find out that it’s a jungle out there.

If you’re behind bars, and over the bars is a jungle full of wild animals ready to attack and to devour you, your prison will surely look more like a sanctuary than a confinement.  

I think that’s why comfort zone is so hard to leave. Because it’s so familiar inside and from inside, outside looks frigging dangerous.

People are afraid of anything unknown. When we don’t know about one thing, we automatically imagine the worst of it. And that’s just instinctive.

The thing is, consider what Ajahn Brahm said in his book: Mindfulness, that the thoughts that you have about your past (and your present) are only distorted thinking. Most often than not, the past (and the present) is not like what you think at all.

Maybe, the space that looks like a wild jungle in your head could actually turn out to be the one place that you’ve been dreaming to go to all along.

The reality is you would never know if it’s a jungle or if it’s Eden outside until you’re there. So get out, or don’t, whatever you want.

But.

It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything


Tyler Durden, Fight Club.

Thank you for reading.

Bye for now and don’t forget to let me know what you think!

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41 thoughts on “Whatever It is, Do It Now.

  1. bookbeachbunny January 31, 2019 / 12:44 pm

    Comfort zone as a jail. I think that’s a good way to look at it! I’ll have to remember it.

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    • Carissa January 31, 2019 / 5:48 am

      I’m glad you can relate to it! 😘

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  2. Ray Yanek February 6, 2019 / 2:42 pm

    Wow– comfort zone compared to a jail cell. What an apt comparison. Sometimes, you go so comfortable, I suppose, that you don’t even realize you are in a cell.

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  3. savsandy February 11, 2019 / 3:58 am

    Thanks for your Like and Follow on my ReadMyLips blog 😊

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  4. Jessica Eden February 12, 2019 / 10:17 am

    I really enjoyed this perspective and can definitely relate to it. Only recently I’ve found the courage to start writing and sharing my story. Not only is it liberating but the new people that have appeared in my life offering guidance and support has been phenomenal. Who would have thought!
    PS. Great choice of quotes too!

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    • Carissa February 12, 2019 / 11:18 am

      I’m so glad that someone can relate to this. thank you so much for writing this comment!! 🙂

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  5. mylanreads February 18, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    Love this! Definitely a thought provoking perspective to take because comfort really can trap you in the status quo without seeming like it is

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  6. Ana Daksina February 19, 2019 / 8:22 am

    This is excellent! Reblogging to my sister site Timeless Wisdoms

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  7. betterthangoodenough123 February 25, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    I think the comparison of being stuck in your comfort zone to a jail cell is very apt. It made me realize that while you’re in your comfort zone the days may pass (just like that of a prison sentence) but that is all they do – pass by. It’s like a countdown to having meaning back in your life. Great post!
    Joan Senio
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  8. Butfirstfiction.com February 25, 2019 / 1:09 pm

    Decision fatigue is a real thing, and limiting your mundane decisions per day will help improve the quality of your important decisions. If after a long day of a hundred trivial decisions, you are faced with a potentially career changing opportunity- and you’re mentally fatigued from silly things such as which top to wear, how to respond to this email, or what to have for lunch- what are the chances that you’re going to make all the right and perfectly calculated decisions?

    Anyway, I enjoyed this post. Keep crushing the game.

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  9. sefiros2211 February 27, 2019 / 11:22 pm

    Thanks for liking my post. I appreciate you taking the time to read it. Thanks again.

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  10. Sue Young March 1, 2019 / 11:48 pm

    This is an inspiring, insightful and motivational post. Very helpful. Thank you.

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  11. Anne J. March 3, 2019 / 8:39 am

    Absolutely great post! Spot on! Well done!

    Where I work currently is a massive comfort zone. It’s a place that encourages loyalty, to stay on, despite lack of growth, career-wise, and thus, I think personally. But, it’s a warm place. It’s exhausting to think and make decisions, after all. The question is: have you lived your life enough that you can settle in a comfort zone? Do we ever get there? Fortunately, it’s just a portion of a life. It’s a good balance when life outside of work has sufficient excitement, challenges, brain-stimulating situations that push us to make decisions.

    I’m glad to have come across your blog when you read one of my blog posts. Thank you. 😊 I like how your mind works.

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    • Carissa March 3, 2019 / 9:04 am

      Thank you for stopping by, Anne.

      Only the trap we choose for ourselves is the one that’s worth struggling for! Btw you seem to have a very nice life, Anne. Wish only the best for you!!

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      • Anne J. March 3, 2019 / 9:24 am

        Hi Carissa. It is a real pleasure. And thank you, too, for sharing your thoughts and opinions. You have an awesome blog.

        We make the best of life, always… I think. The journey has been full, having gone through twists and turns, forks, T-junctions, rocky paths, detours, etc… a real “Crossroads and Conquests” kind of life, as I call it. 😊❤

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      • Carissa March 3, 2019 / 10:11 am

        Yours is much better!!

        Yes , I couldn’t agree more with you!! Gravels and rocks in life shape us, while candies and sweets are our rewards! Every tiny dot in our life doesn’t matter a bad or good one is just as important to make our life ours. 😘

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      • Anne J. March 3, 2019 / 2:02 pm

        Aw, thank you. 🤗
        Absolutely! Here’s to a fun-filled and fulfilling journeys! ❤

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      • Carissa March 3, 2019 / 2:16 pm

        Cheers!! 😆

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  12. ron877 March 3, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    Good post and there is just one comment on jail. Back in the day when I was a cop, I would put Al… in jail. Sentenced to 30 days, he would celebrate his release by going to the nearest mini-mart, pop open a brew and cheerfully inform the cashier he had no money. I or my partner arrested him 67 times over a two year period.

    On the other hand, bad things happen in jail during the hours of darkness. Security is not what it seems.

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    • Carissa March 3, 2019 / 2:24 pm

      Hi Ron! 67 times? What were (or was?) his crimes? Stealing? Or not paying his beers? Did this thing where people trying to get arrested intentionally because they have no homes to go to also happen in your place(which I assume is not Japan?)?

      Yea sure. I was by no means saying that jail is comfortable. I watched too much of prison break to be that naive. 😄 I was just saying that even in a jail there was a liiittle bit comfort if you looked hard enough. 😁

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      • ron877 March 4, 2019 / 2:18 pm

        The incident I cited happened in California. I currently live in Indonesia where jail is as good as you pay for.

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      • Carissa March 4, 2019 / 2:42 pm

        You live in Indonesia? Which city? I live in Indonesia too!! And yes, here jail can be heaven or hell depends on what you pay for.

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  13. tidalscribe March 3, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    We did actually have a colleague in gaol on remand and everyone at work reckoned he was much better off than working hard all day long for our company!

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