No Action is Still an Action

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I never really understood what “No action is still an action” meant.

 It took awhile to figure out what that quote actually meant. I knew that I had a mental health condition for several years before I decided to actually take the steps to make my life and my mental health better.  I thought that by taking no action, my mental health would somehow magically get better. It didn’t dawn on me at that point that I was in control of my mental health and my mental health recovery. I thought that I was doomed  and accepted this fate that was less than I wanted and deserved. “No action is still an action” was actually the motto that I lived my life by when my mental health was not a top priority. I made a conscious effort over the years when I was not well not to make an action, and that is still an action.  

I have had so much time over the last 2 years that I have been in recovery to think about some of the situations that have occurred during the course of my journey.  

There were so many times when the idea of taking the steps to act scared me, and made me super uncomfortable, so in my mind, doing nothing was better for me and it kept me in my comfort zone.  

Believe it or not, we are in control even when it feels like the cards are stacked against us.  We have a choice, we can either take action or remain still. The thing about taking action is that it will bring you outside of your comfort zone.  Comfort zones can be a place of anxiety and uneasiness for me.


Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone, But How?

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How Many Times have you heard someone say that?  

Just step outside of your comfort zone, and you thought to yourself, that sounds great and all but how do I do that? I can tell you that I have been one of those people who had that very same response.  Gurus and coaches all tell you that stepping outside of your comfort zone is a step in the direction towards “living your best life” ! Another term that sounds great but actually confused the hell out of me when I first heard it.  


As you may or may not know, I have been on my mental health journey, for 2 years now.  

This journey for me has doubled as a self-awareness and self-discovery journey. It has been filled with ups, downs, highs, and lows.  I have learned so much about myself, and this is literally one journey that I would never want to change. It has been life changing. I had to go through a journey of self-awareness to discover what my hopes, dreams and desires.  This allowed me to discover my comfort zone and the area just beyond that region. That area is where all of the magical things would happen, That is what I had heard so many times before and now it was time to start testing this theory out.


I was, for so many years accustomed to doing with friends or family.  

If I wanted to go to an event or restaurant, I would see who I could get to go along with me to make my experience more enjoyable (so I thought) and definitely more comfortable.  It was almost unheard of to go anywhere alone. It was just something that I had never really done. I mean, I would of course go to work alone, but that was about it. I truly let others dictate my flow and my enjoyment.  If I didn’t have a buddy to roll with, I guess I was not going.


About a month ago I heard about a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit that was taking place in NYC that I really wanted to see.

 I asked my friends if they wanted to go and of course they agreed. Here was the problem, the show was sold out until the end of the exhibit.  But, I decided on a whim that I was going to get on the waitlist to see if I could get a ticket to the show. I figured that it was a long shot and that it probably was not going to happen.  Well, guess what, it happened! I got a wait list ticket email at 11pm last Thursday night for Friday afternoon. I didn’t realize this until Friday morning but I was in! I was excited and anxious and this was totally out of my comfort zone.  


Needless to say, I had a really great time.  

Once I got to the gallery, the anxiety had subsided.  I learned something about comfort zones on this trip to the city.  When you allow yourself to stay within comfort zones, people can unintentionally control you and your destiny.  So it is so important to be mindful of what it is that you want at all times. It is okay if your wants and dreams change, but the most important thing is that you are in control.  You are in control.