I am afraid of everything. Well more specifically just pain. Pain in all its varying forms, which basically translates to me being afraid of everything. For instance, heights and physical pain (I could fall to my death), or public speaking and emotional pain (I could trip over my words and embarrass myself to death.)
With that being said, it seems strange that I would pick a major that would get me up and doing one of the things that I fear most in the world on a regular basis. As a theater major I confront my fear of public speaking, and little by little, and I mean very little, minimalistic, but still there, it gets a little easier. But I think getting out of your comfort zone is very important, regardless of how scary it may seem in the moment.
Improv is another way that I think has helped me to get out of my comfort zone. Before coming to Newman, my only exposure to improvisation was “Whose Line is it Anyway?” I had seen a Sloppy Joe show my freshman year, and decided when auditions were announced that I would go ahead and try out with some friends, just for fun.
I was terrified and the first part of the auditions were very stressful, but against all odds (but mostly because there were a lot of spots available on the team) I made it.
Improv constantly has me thinking on my feet, and has really helped me to rid my fear of looking like a dummy.
It helped me to realize how much people really love to laugh, and as long as you laugh with them it’s like you meant to do it, and it takes a bit of the embarrassment out of it.
Another way I get out of my comfort zone is traveling, I still live at home, so this is especially important for me. This summer I plan on living in a different city away from my parents, in the hopes of learning a little better what it’s like to be a real grown up. The fact that I just used that phrase pretty much proves that I have no idea what it will be like.
But I think what I’m trying to say is that getting out your comfort zone is super important in discover who you are as person as well as guide you in growing and changing and developing into the great person you be.
This story first appeared in the April 20th, 2017 issue of The Vantage