It can be hard to venture out of our comfort zones. This weekend I decided to finally give my dad’s DSLR a spin… and I hated it.
The buttons were all unfamiliar, the view screen was different, and it felt annoyingly large and clunky in my hands. And all my pictures turned out horrible to boot. So after a while I admitted defeat, put the DSLR back in its case, and reverted to my trusty point-and-shoot. Familiar, comfortable, and perfectly fitted for my hands, I breathed a sigh of relief as I snapped away at my latest recipe.
This is an all-too-familiar scenario in my life – and I’m not talking about cameras anymore. I’ve always loved the security of my comfort zone and have a hard time escaping it. But yet, when I do, I always have the best experiences.
After 12th grade I was a camp counsellor for an entire summer away from my friends and family. It terrified me at the time, but I ended up having one of the most rewarding summers of my life. Later on in third year university I left the comfort of my science degree to pursue nutrition. Again, a scary experience, but one that saved me from a career path I hated.
Now I’m 2.5 months away from being done my dietetic internship and the future ahead of me lies unknown. But I’m going forward with an open mind and the knowledge that sometimes being uncomfortable initially is necessary to thrive.
Anyway, what was my point originally? Oh yeah. I tried to use a DSLR camera for this post and I totally bombed. But at least the recipe is good.
- ¾ cup dry quinoa
- 1 398ml can chickpeas
- ¾ cup diced cucumber
- 2 sliced green onions (white and green parts)
- ½ cup dill
- ½ cup chopped parsley
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Set aside and let cool.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil, then set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the cooled quinoa, chickpeas, diced cucumber, green onions, dill, parsley, and feta. Stir in the dressing and add salt and pepper to taste.
Do you have trouble leaving your comfort zone?