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Doing things outside your Comfort Zone

In my journey through university, I have finally found where I must take a course, not in my minor or major. In order to keep my full-time status for my student loans, I need to take three courses. I managed to find two courses I can use. It’s not the story I heard of some students taking a full semester full of electives cause they can’t find a course they can use.

For me, I’m taking a photography course. To most, it does seem like a waste of time, but for my family and me, it is in line with who we are. My wife paints, sculpts, graphic designs, takes photographs, and is a potter. She is an artist. I call her a renaissance artist as she does everything. My daughter dances. She is in ballet and tap. My son plays piano and is learning how to code so he can make video games. For me, I write novels.

The photography is outside of my comfort zone. I’m not a visual person as my stories go from my head to the paper. I use words and sentences to tell my stories and not pictures. This is something in my wife’s zone. She is the visual artist, not me.

For being a creative, going outside of the comfort zone is essential. Being in the comfort zone forces the creative into a rut or a groove. The work becomes stale, and the artist becomes dissatisfied with the project. It happens to the best artists in the world. Going outside of the comfort zone forces the creative to think outside of the box.

Thinking outside of the box is something in the basic skill set of a creative. It is one reason many become a creative. They don’t want to be at a 9 to 5 job. They want to work for themselves, creating for a living. This, I understand, as I don’t want a 9 to 5 job. I want to write my novels.

However, doing a photography course is expanding my ability to see the world in a different exciting way. Photography has allowed me to take some interesting photographs. There is not going to be anything posted this week, but starting next week, I will share a few pictures.

This journey is not something I can do alone. It takes support from many people for it to become a reality. The easiest way is to visit my Amazon Author Page and purchase one of my books. They are available in all countries and for free on Kindle Unlimited. I do have a tip jar set up at Ko-Fe, where you can buy me a coffee. Or you can also visit me on Facebook. Your help and support are much appreciated.

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