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Discovering The World Beyond

When was the first time that you realized that there was a larger world, a world beyond your little bubble? 

I am fascinated by how Zoe has acclimated to our new apartment. She LOVES it. Zoe is so much more active, is eating more, and is just generally more engaged–sometimes with us, but often on her own–than in the old apartment, where she generally just sat and watched us from the bed (like a creeper). 

But the spaciousness of the new apartment, and the novelty of the world beyond the screen (door or window) has literally revolutionized her world. She has discovered the world beyond her little bubble. The sights, smells, sounds, I’m sure even the tastes of the air, everything is new and different and fascinating. 

Zoe is discovering the world beyond her little bubble, and she is captivated

It isn’t like she hasn’t looked through a window before. 

But now, the world beyond that window is tangible; that world exists. She doesn’t know specifically what it is, or what she should do about it, but it is there. And she wants to know more.

I understand how Zoe feels. I was comfortable in our old place. I knew my world, I existed in it, and I didn’t know better. But I feel like even though I am not in that different of environs, I have had the door opened. I think the screen is still there, but, like Zoe, I am tasting, smelling, listening, and seeing. 

I’m excited to see what happens when the screen is totally opened. It is a scary world out there; I wonder what I will find out there–to my knowledge, I don’t have anyone keeping me in but myself.

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56 Comments

  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    Aw, bless on so many levels: The new spot, the new feelings, the new adventures you’re ready to take, the new views, and as metaphorical as you were halfway being, hooray for Zoe and new beyonds.

    ME ME ME ———- it’s always me! For no good reason ——– ME. I seriously can’t wait to find a shrink so I can figure out why ME.:)

    May 31, 2016 at 5:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Because you are awesome 😀

      June 4, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I am days away from heading out of NYC after 9 weeks in a tiny studio with a husband, baby and medium sized dog. I am so looking forward to what Zoe is seeing. I was in Chicago last week to coach a race and I couldn’t get over how spacious and roomy life was. Life is good!

    May 31, 2016 at 5:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha You are about to be UNLEASHED!

      June 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    It can be magic when we change things up and realize just how much we were missing!

    May 31, 2016 at 5:58 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Lovely metaphor! My blog keeps me inside way too much. I need to start cutting back or taking some time away from the screen. Between work, school and blogging it’s a lot!

    May 31, 2016 at 6:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you–and we talked about it a few days ago, but I think I need to step back as well.

      June 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Love this message Suz. I love watching our cats watch the birds and bunnies in the yard. And when we open the screen doors they go crazy. I’m starting to feel just how big this world is too. Big scary things are coming up for me. Thanks for the reminder that we can watch from the screen door before jumping all the way in.

    May 31, 2016 at 6:18 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Awwh, I love it! I often think of my life as being like that of a cat, so I can totally relate.

    May 31, 2016 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am realizing how cat like I am! How about a cat nap, btw?

      June 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply heather @Fitncookies

    Cats are the best 🙂 I definitely understand things holding us back… fear always holds me back. Fear of failure.

    May 31, 2016 at 6:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t imagine you failing, my love!

      June 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    This is me in every situation: I watch and watch and watch… and then I jump in. The world is out there waiting to be discovered, and you just have to decide you’re going to go discover it. 🙂

    May 31, 2016 at 6:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it is about time that both of us did that!

      June 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    What an absolute delight!
    We acclimate to the world we live in and Zoe’s world was her small, safe apartment for almost 3 years. It was what she had, what she knew and it was her world.
    Now, her world has been transformed!
    The day you moved, her horrible day in the kitty carrier…..I wonder now if she’d be more than ready to jump in……to go see what a fascinating new world was just waiting for her!
    A screen door holds promise that a closed window can’t give!

    May 31, 2016 at 6:55 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    It’s all about getting out there and exploring!

    May 31, 2016 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I don’t do well stuck inside for too long because there is so much to explore!

    May 31, 2016 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know you don’t do well stuck inside!

      June 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    This makes me think of the quote “Every great change is preceded by chaos.” I get so worked up and freaked out about change and it’s always scary and quite tumultuous but once I get my ass moving, it’s usually a lot better than it was before.

    May 31, 2016 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? Why do we do this to ourselves?

      June 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I had a similar experience this weekend watching my dog swim (proof that animals can teach us so much!). He was so scared and timid but eventually jumped in an had a freaking blast. He’s kind of like me: not like most (dogs) who just LOVE to swim and will dive head first. We do things at our own time, until we realize how great the adventure is 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    May 31, 2016 at 7:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwww thank YOU for sharing!

      June 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Pam

    I’ve always disliked change, but it really is good to get out of your comfort zone for so many different reasons. Hopefully you will embrace all the new things around you just like Zoe!

    May 31, 2016 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But hopefully I won’t take after Zoe’s vomitting, lol

      June 4, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Life beyond the tiny apartment- yay for Zoe! Glad she’s recovered (and thrived) from the move.
    I try to live a big life, but always need a reminder like this.

    May 31, 2016 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG she was traumatized. And I think you do live a fabulous life, but there are always new ways to grow!

      June 4, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Kat

    So glad to hear that your furbaby is flourishing! And I like how you made it relatable to use humans, because it really is such a true point. I 100% keep myself inside. I’ve always said that my biggest obstacle is myself. How I overcome that, well I have yet to figure that out. Chipping away at these walls daily though!! <3

    May 31, 2016 at 8:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, How I understand that. I think you just have to remember to see yourself as a friend sometimes, rather than as YOU. What would you say to your best friend?

      June 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Jill

    This was wonderful. I often stay inside my comfort zone Bc I have a large somewhat unfounded fear of the unknown. But after the year we’ve had, my cat Sal and I are ready to explore new digs. I’m so glad Zoe has adjusted to the new place!

    May 31, 2016 at 9:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am excited for you and Sal! It is time to explore, my dear!

      June 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    When we moved from my apartment then MIL’s and finally to our house, our cat got SO active at night and started spending all day hanging out rather than sleeping underthings. We live in the woods, so there’s always something for her to see. (Plus at night the mice wake up – remember we live in the woods, I’m not dirty, I swear! – so she gets to “play” with them) As far as keeping me back – definitely comfort! I love routine and comfortable habits, but it definitely holds me back.

    May 31, 2016 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SUUUUUUUURrrrreeee you aren’t dirty. LIKE I BELIEVE THAT

      June 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Aaah! I love this so much, because getting out of my comfort zone is AMAZING, and the world around is amazing to explore and discover. Honestly, one of the best parts of this Ireland trip has been stepping out and meeting all the cool, friendly, lively Irish people and sharing smiles and adventures with my sisters. It’s so exciting to get out there and discover.

    May 31, 2016 at 10:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t imagine the incredible adventure that you are on! What an awakening for you. SO happy for you, Emily!

      June 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Alicia

    This reminds me of my cat when I was 7 we moved from the third floor of an apartment to a house. According to my parents, our cat was not doing well but once we moved he started to go outside. Of course we didnt really want him to be an outdoor cat because of those dangers but after a few months he was actually healthier per the vet. Though he learned some lessons of not wandering too far after getting in a fight with other cats but I believe if it werent for the move he would not have lived to be 21 years old and for that I am grateful.
    On another note it is always great to start fresh in a new place and I feel like your senses are more active as you get situated.

    May 31, 2016 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally think so as well! It is kind of like you wake up!

      June 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Aw Zoe is such a cutie-I’m glad you and her are settling in nicely!

    May 31, 2016 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Great reminders in this post. Here lately I’ve had to do a lot of new things I am not used to do, and just yesterday I was reminded that I am an independent woman who can do all sorts of things.

    May 31, 2016 at 11:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sure tha tyou are kind of relearning that every day! hugs!

      June 4, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    Pretty kitty! I wish I wasn’t allergic. :/

    May 31, 2016 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    All the feels…

    May 31, 2016 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I was JUST talking to my mom about this today. I’m trying to get her to branch out and try new things… it’s scary when you’re older and have had a LOT of change too.

    June 1, 2016 at 12:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh my goodness, yes. If she needs some help–my mom has had to go through a lot of changes recently as well.

      June 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Aww, so true! I’m excited for you on the world out there too though! I feel like I’m right at the edge right now as well! 😛 Off to explore and have adventures!!

    June 1, 2016 at 2:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am just so excited for you!

      June 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law

    YESSSS! It is so easy to get stuck in your own little bubble and forget that there is a whole world of opportunities out there! I know you have so many incredible things ahead of you – and so many opportunities just waiting for you to grab.

    I’m excited for you!!

    June 1, 2016 at 5:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, Kristy. i’m excited too, but it can be a bit overwhelming!

      June 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Michelle @thedogtribe

    I just stumbled onto your blog and I love it! I really needed to hear the message in this post today. It is so easy to become complacent and accustomed to my typical environment. Time to step outside and explore what really fuels me.

    June 2, 2016 at 11:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Michelle, and I am so glad that you are here! It is hard to push yourself out of that comfort zone–believe me!

      June 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm

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