Life is full of choices. Sometimes the biggest choice is whether to move forward or stay where we are comfortable.
This week I’m making a presentation in Nottingham, England, at the Society of Legal Scholars conference. It’s a definite step outside my comfort zone. Now, don’t roll your eyes.
Yes, I teach a couple times a week at Purdue University, but I don’t teach other professors. Especially other professors with super cool accents. It’s actually quite odd to realize that this girl from the Midwest has an accent.
As I’ve listened to other presentations, I’ve realized just how American focused my education has been. It’s been extremely eye-opening. I’ve made a few connections, which is always fun, and it’s reopened the desire to do more international teaching. To do that though, I’ll definitely need to keep broadening my base of knowledge.
At the same time I’ve sat in on very enlightening sessions, I’ve also done a wee bit of sight-seeing. The castle behind me in this photo was used as the Wayne Hall in the latest Batman movie. Cool trivia, right? There’s just something about walking around a city with a couple castles that reminds you that you are most definitely not in the United States.
As a writer, experiences like this are invaluable. I don’t know if I’ll set a book in central England. But it’s interesting to dream.
Is God asking you to step outside your comfort zones? Are you open to the challenge? Tips for those of us who are stepping out?