Jun 1, 2019

Getting Out of Comfort Zone

Easier said than done. 
I challenged myself to do something that I had never done before. 
Did I succeed?
Assalamualaikum and hi guys! 

I loveeee challenges and adventures and I love to challenge myself. The phrase 'easier said than done' is definitely true, but I will always try to prove it wrong, although sometimes I fail. A few weeks ago, I saw someone retweeted a tweet about Baju Raya Project JB and the team was finding 150 volunteers. I instantly sent an email to the person-in-charge, telling her about my intention to volunteer. I did ask a few of my friends if they wanna join, but they had some errands on that day. This is my first time going out of my comfort zone. Usually, in any events that I participate or volunteer, there would be someone I know, but this time I knew no one.

The place was not that far from Kluang to JB, but if I wanna reach on the same day before 8.30am, I would have to leave my Kluang house probably around 6 something. I rather go there one day earlier, and luckily my friend, Nani was so kind (you're always kind, Nani hehe), she offered me staying at her house for a night. Well, actually I was the one buat muka tak malu tanya whether I could stay overnight, and she and her kind friends immediately said okay, which I felt so so so grateful for hehe.

Baju Raya Project is an annual event done in the month of Ramadan, where nice clothes are collected, 'filtered' and sorted into a few categories and sizes before they are sent to orphanages, old folk homes, poor families, etc as a donation. I think this is a brilliant idea. You know, when you have unused nice clothes, probably you've only worn them once, but you don't know any place where you can donate them, Baju Raya Project is the perfect place where you can send to.

Early in that morning, I was in a HUGE dilemma; contemplating whether I should go or not. Unwanted thoughts appeared in my mind as I was getting ready; What if I couldn't make any friends? What if it is so awkward? What if I don't know where to go? Maybe better if I don't go at all?

I literally almost gave up and texted one of the committee members to tell them I was not able to go due to some circumstances, but before I did, I asked myself, "If not now, then when?"

I gathered back my courage, left Nani's place and drove to Masjid Al Jawahir, Johor Bahru. It was only about 10min away. By the time I reached the mosque, I almost made a U-turn. But the determination in me was definitely stronger than I thought so I parked my car and went into the mosque. I was assigned to be as a 'runner' where I had to pass the clothes from the 'quality control' team, which consisted of a few people, to the sizing-sort person. I sat down and began my work. I guess the tegur-je-sesiapa characteristic runs in the family and the moment I sat down, I instantaneously chatted with everyone around me hehe. I used to be someone who was okay to not talk to anyone, but nowadays I'm more to someone who prefers talking haha. I made some new friends! I was really grateful to follow my instinct and stayed. If not, I'd still be in my comfort zone.

Did I succeed then? The answer is a big YES.

Spot me! Oh you can never spot me cs I was standing somewhere at the back, gave up untuk berhimpit and jengket kaki haha

Do you have anything that you really wanna do, but you've never done?
If it's a good thing, go for it!