Wednesday, April 12, 2017


When was the last time you broke through the monotonous routine of your comfort zone and into the crater of a volcano? Odds are you probably haven’t.

Recently, my wife and I took a trip that forced us to step out of our comfort zone. We took a trip of a lifetime and visited the Big Island of Hawaii.   This trip forced us out of our comfort zone of everyday life.  While on vacation, we broke the trend of sitting and relaxing.  We engulfed journeyed off the beaten path to see what this island really had to offer.

Before I progress any further with these experiences, I would like to begin with definitions of certain words pertaining to this topic of comfort zone.

Comfort: a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.

Zone: a well-defined region.

Comfort zone living is a state in which many people become free of abnormal situations that may create chaos in their daily routine. Deviating from this state of physical ease becomes uncomfortable and stressful.  As a society, we tend to become comfortable and complacent in our everyday life due to the mere fact that it is easy and creates less stress. 
We all know this lifecycle: Wake up, get ready for work, drive to work or move to the home office.  When we arrive at work at a job we may or may not like with coworkers we may or may not enjoy, we stare at the clock waiting for the bell to ring for lunch. We come back from lunch and dredge our way through the afternoon hours.  Clock hits a specific time and we drive home, make dinner, move to the couch, watch television and then go to bed. Repeat.

Our daily lifecycle may slightly differ from person to person but the end result is the same.  We tend to become comfortable and complacent in a routine that is difficult to break. But, have you ever thought about what would happen if you stepped out of your comfort zone?

During our trip to the Big Island, my wife and I broke away from this comfortable routine. We traveled from sea level to the visitor center (9,200ft above sea level) near the top of Mauna Kea (13,798ft above sea level). When measured from the ocean floor, this mountain is the tallest on earth.  We hiked the Kilauea Iki trail in the Hawaiian Volcanos National Park which descends into the crater of an active volcano.  With Sulfur dioxide spewing from vents, the floor of the crater is still hot to touch.  After completing this hike through acidic drizzling rain, we ventured out further into the park where we walked on land that is younger than we are. 

From hiking in a volcanic crater and jumping off water falls, to whale watching, body surfing and standing on southernmost point of the United States, we stepped out of our comfort zone and ventured into an awesome experience the Big Island had to offer. I challenge you to break through the shackles of your comfort zone and find your own volcano experience.

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