It's still pretty early in the semester. We are back into school mode and no longer in break mode. No longer could we go to sleep and wake up whenever, do whatever we wanted all day long, not bound by strict schedules of classes, work, or involvement. School mode is routine and structured. And although it might not seem like it waking up at 7 am or doing homework until midnight, school mode is a comfort zone.
What comedians often do extremely well is using humor to make a point about life without explicitly saying it. What they also often do is find a range of joke subjects they have success with and stick with a narrow range, eventually exhausting it. In the above quote, Chris Rock, a hilarious comedian himself, manages to encapsulate both.
The comfort zone is sometimes an incredibly important thing to have, but also sometimes comes to a massive detriment to our growth. While we can't ALWAYS be outside our comfort zone, we can't grow if we are always within it. Think about when you came to campus for the first time as a freshman moving into your dorm. You left your comfort zone, your home of 18 years, to live away from home and study to earn a degree. I, for one, was extremely terrified and yet extremely excited the moment my parents left campus. The realization set in that I was no longer at home and had to adapt, and I did, and as a result, I grew.
So this week, I'd like to challenge you. I challenge you to make a conscious effort to get out of your comfort zone at least once, and see what happens. Maybe that means waking up an hour earlier (the unthinkable, I know) to work out in the morning, or maybe that means coming to Hillel on Friday night and sitting at a table of people you've never met at Shabbat Dinner. Perhaps you'll find that early exercise is your thing, or you'll meet some great new friends, but you won't know if you don't leave your comfort zone.