In the past week I have received the message, “Comfort is overvalued” twice.
First, within Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life, a book which promotes self-discovery as a means to developing one’s career. Roadtrip Nation, the author of the book, is an organization that organizes cross country road trips where participants have the opportunity to meet with professionals who practice their passion. Within these stories I was moved by the way that many of these professionals re-made themselves based on their evolving interests.
The second occasion was at a Black Lives Matter talk about whiteness. The panelists were discussing civil discourse, and recognizing that it is not irregular to feel discomfort when discussing identity. It is fine to feel discomfort, even anger, but to learn, you need to stick around and participate in a dialogue in spite of discomfort.