Why Leaving Familiarity Is Like A One-Way Ticket To Finding Yourself

by Liz Rae

I am the queen of writer’s block.

I can get really excited about an idea, but when I sit down to think about how I want to execute it, I find myself browsing random websites all over the Internet and making random purchases instead.

I'll set my alarm to wake up early enough to finish a project, but I'll snooze it until I’m rushing to get myself to work on time.

I'll have thousands and thousands of business ideas, but I can barely get an idea out there until I realize the rent is due in less than five days.

I'll apply a boatload of pressure to my life just to get something completed, only to find myself still not meeting my own deadlines.

However, there is one thing I've noticed that works every single time: leaving.

Anyone who has dated me or had a relationship with me should know this.

Every time I part with someone, I leave the country.

If I don’t leave the country, I definitely make plans to leave the state.

I'm full of flight, not fright.

I want to be excited again. I want to be inspired.

I want to see how big the world is and realize how small my own world is.

I want out. When I come back, I find I’ve never been so happy.

When I leave the place I live, I have an easier time formulating my ideas and putting some thoughts down on paper.

It doesn’t matter if I’ve been gone for a weekend or for a month.

However long I escape, I return with a ton of ideas.

I'm full of life. I’ve met new people, and I’ve been thrown out of my daily routines.

To become inspired again, you have to leave what you're used to.

When you're comfortable, you don’t strive for more.

You’re happy with what you have because it's working. Even if you’re upset about your job, your roommate or your family, you still easily pay rent and have food to eat.

The more content we get with our situations, the more difficult it is to escape.

It’s like a suffering relationship; we stay in it because leaving seems more complicated.

Don’t let your surroundings be the reason you don’t start the next big thing or write the next great novel.

Even if you can’t afford a trip out of the country, take a trip to the countryside. If you live in the countryside, travel to the city.

Travel somewhere that's the absolute opposite of the place you're living in.

All of the experiences you'll gain from leaving your comfort zone will inspire you to do something with the memories you've created.

No one created anything great by staring blankly at a wall.

We learn how to make beautiful pieces of work and successful, thriving companies based off situations we've been placed in.

Elevate yours to an entirely new level by doing something that's completely unlike you.

The world is filled with experiences to have, places to see and danger to encounter.

There are stories waiting to be written and companies waiting to be built.

You are all you need to be inspired. Let the world help to guide you.

Leave where you are to experience something you're not.