So why was I so scared after I had already taken all of the other risks?
During that time, I was introduced to Humane Education and found an immense correlation between risks and expanding your comfort zone. The classes I took and the subjects we covered were like diving into deep waters. You didn’t know what you would find once you broke the glittering glasslike surface. Human trafficking, racism, rape, slavery, environmental degradation, pollution, ecological poisoning, animal abuse, animal slaughter, and seeing a culture that not only accepts this but encourages and strives for it. These waters became dark and murky, very quickly. But I had a life vest - my comfort zone. I allowed myself to take in, process and understand the information and allowed it to expand my knowledge. I stepped outside of my comfort zone to learn and grow. Just like I did when I took a chance to move in with a person I had only spent a handful of days with and just like I did when I moved around the country. Stepping outside of your comfort zone or taking a risk doesn’t imply imminent failure. As I explore more of these humane education issues, I ask you to step outside of your comfort zone and explore them with me. It will be difficult, it will challenge some of your current beliefs, it may offend you, and it may even cause you to change the way you view the world. But without risk, there is no reward. The reward here is in the knowledge you will gain, and with the knowledge, you will be empowered to act. Expanding my comfort zone to include information about the horrific things going on in this world is still scary, but I also know that I have the means to help change many things. And you do as well.