Today, I’m shipping out to Costa Rica for a month – it’s a country I’ve never been to before, with a language I can’t speak (though I’ve started learning) and a culture I know little/nothing about. Perfect for someone who has quickly become too comfortable for his own good…

My Year In Flux may have begun with a mix of bewilderment and excitement(you can read about Day 1 of My Year In Flux here) but, facing facts, this week I realised I’d already become comfortable. The comfort zone is such a tantalisingly simple space to slip into. We are naturally creatures of habit, and though we can achieve extraordinary feats when threatened or challenged (or when we start a blog declaring we will), eventually repetition, familiarity and comfort hove into view. Let’s face it, if we didn’t relapse into ‘normality’ after each exciting departure, we’d probably go insane. But throughout this year, I’m trying to remain outside the comfort zone for as much of the time as I can, without going insane myself or driving others in the same direction.

Getting used to not-working wasn’t hard (no surprise there), living out of a small backpack is strangely liberating, and constantly meeting new people on my travels also eventually develops a certain routine. Added to this, I’ve spent much of the last two months in the USA and Canada, travelling down the West Coast (as well as Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon), enjoying the comfy living (okay, I camped most of the time, so it hasn’t been five star) and marvelling at the sights. In short, though my macro view is one of flux, when it comes to the micro, everyday view, the comfort zone has surrounded me once again. It’s time to banish it and find a new normal, rinse, and repeat.