Destination Unknown

March 22nd, 2012

I’m heading a little bit out of my comfort zone this weekend and feeling a little bit dazed at myself. I’m going out of town with a new friend to spend a couple of days with friends of hers who are complete strangers to me. For someone as shy as I am that’s quite a feat. I might as well casually remark that I’m going to fire walk on my lunch hour or take a shot at Mt Everest with no training. Someone reminded me recently that my word for 2012 is OPEN, and I realize that without meaning to I’ve opened myself to a lot of new experiences lately: saying “yes” to invitations from strangers to meet for coffee; taking an oil painting class; agreeing to lead a workshop; going out to dinner with a man I met in a bar. Once I picked the word OPEN, I forgot all about it. But my subconscious didn’t, and it keeps finding ways for me to walk through doorways before I can find reasons not to. And then I’m completely astonished that I’ve agreed to something out of character and outside the circumscribed little world I’ve created for myself. Open sesame — come find the treasure.

4 Responses to “Destination Unknown”

  1. Maria Mansfield Richardson says:

    Nikki, I hope you are having a delightful weekend with your friend and her friend. By the end of the weekend I am sure they will ALL be your friends!

  2. nikki says:

    Had a great time. Travel always inspires me and I forget that!

  3. My word for the year is ‘bold’. I’m tired of my comfort zone. I’ve found that when I push myself to meet new people, afterward, I’m usually happy I did. Happened at the Center For Women’s writer forum, actually. Met some great friends that way. Looking forward to your talk there in April.

    Oh…and I’m reading a book you might find interesting…’Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain.

  4. nikki says:

    Just had that book in Skirt! Thanks so much for your feedback.

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