Comfort and Safety

As a kid I learned how to ride bike with no hands. With my first attempts, I tried to ride slowly, to minimize risk, I thought. I wobbled and struggled, without success.

It wasn’t until I was told to ride faster that I finally succeeded in pulling my hands off the handlebars.

As with snowboarding, going faster when you’re doing something new is completely counter-intuitive. Every inch of our being tells us to slow down, think about it, wade in slowly.

But this is precisely the most dangerous thing we can do.

Our comfort zone and our safety zone are rarely aligned. Safety isn’t found by staying where we are, but in being uncomfortable, pushing our boundaries, trying something new.

When you feel the fear, pedal faster.