Past You Said It!

"I'm awesome!"

Ten-year-old Annie asked this question: "Have you ever done something outside your comfort zone that you never thought you could do? Share something that pushed your limits and made you feel proud of yourself, and say why you did it, too."

These girls shared their thoughts:

I tend to get nervous about meeting new people, but this year, I decided to join the book club at my school. I love reading, so if I'm going to push myself to try something new, why not do something I enjoy? I've made lots of friends, and we all share the same interest—reading!
–Jada, age 12, Pennsylvania

There was a girl who was bullying my friend and me at school, so one day, I worked up the courage to stand up for myself and my friend. That has inspired me to continue to stand up for myself and to tell someone that the way she's treating me is uncool.
–Riley, age 11, Texas

I never thought I would get my ears pierced, but one day, I decided to face my fear and did it. It didn't hurt nearly as much as I thought it would, plus I love how my earrings look.
–Astrid, age 12, Ohio

I'm usually afraid of doing new, unfamiliar things. I love to cook, and I found out that there was a cooking class in my community. I knew most of the people would be adults, and I was nervous that everyone would be experts at cooking. But I went to the class anyway and loved it. Now I go to cooking classes whenever I can.
–Cheyenne, age 13, Texas

I ventured outside my comfort zone when I went surfing for the first time. I was in Hawaii, and surfing looked like a lot of fun. I was scared when I first started to paddle in the water, and I didn't catch the first few waves. But when I finally caught a wave and rode to shore, it was exhilarating. I ended up liking surfing a lot.
–Allie, age 11, Arizona

I used to be scared of roller coasters, but when my family went to an amusement park, my dad said that if I felt comfortable, I should face my fear and try one again. I did, and it was a lot of fun! I ended up going on almost all of the roller coasters at the park.
–Gianna, age 12, Iowa

I've had long hair since I was little, but recently, I decided to ask my hairstylist to cut off 12 inches, and now it barely touches my shoulders. This was definitely outside my comfort zone since I was so used to having long hair. I donated my hair to a charity that makes wigs for kids who have lost their hair, and I was proud of myself for helping someone.
–Rachel, age 13, Massachusetts

One thing that was outside my comfort zone was doing a cartwheel. When I first started gymnastics, I was very nervous to do a cartwheel. I was so worried, but with one try, I got it!
–Sophie, age 11, Nevada

I love running, so I decided to sign up for a race at my school, even though I had never been in a race before. The first time I raced, I was in the top ten for my age group, and in the next two races, I got third place both times! With a little courage, you can do anything.
–Hannah, age 10, Virginia

I play the organ for fun at home, but I usually don't like to play in front of people. One day at church, the organist was sick, so I was asked to fill in! I was surprised and nervous. I thought I would mess up, but I didn't miss a single note. I felt so good about myself.
–Eliana, age 13, Minnesota

I was with my family at a school picnic, and a bunch of kids and adults were playing softball. I didn't want to make a mistake in front of all of those people, but I wanted to play with my friends. I was nervous when I went up to bat, but I ended up hitting a double! It felt good to take a small step outside my comfort zone.
–Jessalyn, age 11, Pennsylvania

There was a quiet girl in my class who didn't seem to have a lot of friends. I tend to be pretty shy myself, but I pushed myself to start a conversation with her so that I could get to know her better. I'm glad I did, because now she's one of my best friends.
–Madalina, age 12, Michigan

When my family and I went to the beach last summer, they wanted to go parasailing. I was scared and didn't want to do it, but my big sister said I might end up loving it. Now I really do love parasailing! I can't wait until my family goes back to the beach so that I can go parasailing again.
–Haven, age 9, Arkansas

It was my dad's birthday, and I wanted to bake a cake for him. There was only one problem—I had never baked a cake before. My mom was nearby as I attempted my first cake. The kitchen was a mess, and I had trouble mixing everything, too. But the cake turned out to be delicious! I was proud of myself.
–Maggie, age 11, Canada

Last summer, my friend was going to an acting camp, and she asked if I wanted to go, too. Performing in front of people was definitely outside my comfort zone. At first I didn't want to go, but then I thought about it and decided it was an opportunity to push my limits and have fun. Now acting comes easily to me, and I'm even in an acting class. I've made a promise to myself that from now on, I'll do more things outside my comfort zone. You never know what things you'll enjoy until you try them!
–Caroline, age 12, North Carolina