"It is said that when God wants to change the world He sends a baby - perfectly timed to grow, learn, prepare and then take action at the right moment." - DeMille
It seems to me that quite often, one's interest(s) asks them to step out of their comfort zone. As if some force of nature is dangling that interest in your face saying, "If you want it, come and get it." It's like the interest chooses you, not the other way around. Simultaneously it's in our nature to deny our interest(s). Because we're humans, we're constantly battling these decisions internally. However, if you fail to step out of your comfort zone, you also fail to meet your highest potential. Sadly I think it's more common to find individuals that aren't willing to take that step, than to find those who are.
We live in a system that encourages you to never leave your comfort zone. Go to school, get your straight A's, go to college. Just do what everyone else is doing. How convenient. Society wants you to stay in your comfort zone - it wants you to fit their mold. If you choose not to, you're "weird" and your actions are "risky". We're playing a rigged game. Society makes the rules, they keep score, and they referee - the only way play safe is to be on their team. Society loves to say what's normal but rarely does it say what's best. (And it almost never says what's right.)
Breaking the mold doesn't have to mean starting a revolution or doing something crazy like that. It can be something as simple as being homeschooled. Since that's the case, I've been breaking the mold since I was four. Come to think of it, it's funny how after thirteen years of breaking the mold it becomes second nature. Not only am I used to getting a shocked reaction when I say I was homeschooled but I actually expect it. Now that I've graduate, I get a scared reaction when I say I'm not going to college. "I'm doing an apprenticeship program instead of college, it's called 'Praxis'."
People are really concerned for my future - it makes me laugh.
When someone stands up against society, chances are, society won’t know how to treat them. Breaking the mold is essential, but I also know it's not easy. (That's usually the way it is.) Since it’s outside the comfort zone it requires anyone who wants to engage with me on a deeper level to do the same. Breaking the mold can be lonely, it's challenging, but it's worth it in the end.