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Books Make You Leave Your Comfort Zone Do you remember the time you balked your friend’s sugges- tion to go paragliding, because you actually wanted to live and not fall down to your death? There was a time when trying out a new ice-cream flavor brought you closer to hysterics and getting your hair done by another hair stylist gave you anxiety. Leaving the calm and peaceful realm of normalcy and routine is not convenient. In fact, it can be quite disorienting and frightening. Who in their right mind would want to experiment with their life or take a carefree approach when it comes to indulging in choosing an adventurous sport? Books have taught you that you find yourself when you take a leap of faith. What you were afraid to do might not scare you anymore, because if Ronald Weasley can overcome his fear of spiders and accompany Harry to the cave of Aragog then why can’t you try a blueberry donut instead of a chocolate one? Okay, we might not be giving you such a hard challenge, but whether the task is as simple as taking the subway instead of a taxi to work or going to India to scale the peaks of Himalayas, books can give you the courage to attempt them. The first time you read about Frodo leaving his peaceful home in Shire, diving into the hand of Sauron’s 53 Wraiths, and ending up being the ring bearer, going camping with your friends might have seemed quite normal and harmless in comparison. At least you won’t have the responsibility of saving the whole of Middle Earth! Since you were a child, books have been your supporter through every crazy thing that you have done. Whether you were inspired by Jim Hawkins’s life in The Treasure Island, or wanted to survive a shipwreck like in Swiss Family Robinson, books pushed you towards things that may have frightened or appalled you once. What society deems unnec- essary or abnormal, might turn out to be your passion. Books dissipate your fear of trying out the impossible, and help you find out that the social standards were holding you back from something you truly enjoy doing. Books like, King Solomon’s Mines, The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, will awaken within you a desire for adventure and for leaving your comfort zone. These powerful narratives will make you feel like you are capable of accomplish- ing any feat and that you can break through the chains of expectations to do what you desire the most, to achieve a state of true happiness and achievement.