I came across this quote recently and it really made me think.
The first 20 years of my life, I stayed in the same small area that I grew up in. I never ventured out of my comfort zone at all.
But I always had a yearning...a desire to branch out and explore.
When I finally made the decision to move away from my hometown and start a life of my own, it opened up a whole new world for me. It was necessary for my growth as a person and it changed my life completely.
I truly think that if we relegate ourselves to our own little corner of the world, we simply cannot grow. If we never expose ourselves to new places, new people, new cultures, new ideas, or new beliefs, we become stagnant.
This is not to say that there's anything wrong with living in the same area one's whole life. But if you never travel outside of your comfort zone, or open up yourself to new things, I think that can breed a complacency which can lead to feelings of discontentment.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel it is important to branch out via travel or exploring new things? Do you have any personal stories you wish to share?