“The most interesting things in life happen
just on the other side of your comfort zone.”
-A quote from Michael Hyatt on a video for Platform University
I experienced this first hand Wednesday evening, as I ventured out of my comfort zone to attend a Short Story Night at the Chicago Tribune. I attended a similar event which I describe in an earlier post, but this time I went alone taking the train and cabs into Chicago at night to spend time with people who I thought would probably intimidate me. But, I wanted to be there.
When I do things like this, I realize I am still a girl from a small town who watches too many true-crime television shows. I sometimes wonder where the woman went who flew to New York City on a regular basis, hopped in and out of cabs visiting publishing houses. See my very first post.
After I worried about getting on the wrong train, not being able to find a cab, afraid someone would ask me how many books I had published and on and on, I relaxed and was totally inspired! Five writers, all past recipients of the Nelson Algren Short Story Award, were interviewed and discussed writing and the creative process. It was delightful and I related to many things they shared. I rode the train home thinking of story ideas and thanked God that he allowed me to be a writer.
Yes, just beyond our comfort zone, we can find interesting things. And, oh, yes, someone did ask me if I was a writer, and I said a resounding “Yes.”
If you want to read more about the events at the Tribune check out Printers Row.