Comfort is important in life. Feeling safe, warm, fed, satisfaction, happiness…very important. I like a comfortable cup of coffee every morning. Chit chatting with a glass of wine in my hand is comforting and listening to my friends and family as they tell me about their day is comforting. Creamy coconut milk in my oatmeal is comfortable. The smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven brings so much comfort. The sight of clear blue Lake Tahoe hugged comfortably by green pine tree mountains is invigorating regardless of what’s on my mind. We (including me) are obsessed with comfort.
Let’s destroy comfort. Take it as a glass in our hand and throw it against a wall. Toss it like a banana peel out the window (don’t do that, that’s littering). Let’s break a habit, let’s try something new, let’s push the boundaries. Why? Because the constant feeling of comfort numbs our senses, makes us tired, and puts us in a state of homeostasis that makes self-improvement a far reaching goal. Let’s actually achieve the goal by allowing ourselves to feel discomfort. Not self-destructive discomfort. Self-improvement discomfort.
This means: Gearing down on my bike, allowing all of my muscles to sear, allowing my lungs to really fill with air. To require air. It means traveling to a destination I have never been with no knowledge of what I will be doing when I get there or where I will be staying. It means taking a risk. It means having an uncomfortable conversation, asking questions that probably have an uncomfortable answer, seeking information. It means being strong.
So let’s be comfortable a lot of the time, heck, most of the time. But let’s every once in a while take a chance. It may not pan out. It may explode in front of us. Or it may be the coolest thing we have ever done. Let’s start a food blog. Let’s take a new job. Let’s change something that is bothering us. Let’s see something we have been wanting to see. Let’s go.
It’s a little shocking how tasty this beet burger turned out. While there are a lot of steps involved, it is actually very easy to make, is filling and (you guessed it) very nutritious. I love the flavor of the patties with the Greek yogurt sauce and the flavors can easily be changed up depending on your preferences.