I find it interesting that even though people are unhappy with their circumstances, they stay there. (I’m referring to circumstances BEFORE the recent economic downturn.)
It is my hypothesis that people “stay put” because it provides them with comfort. You see, current circumstances are predictable, even if they are unpleasant. In the end you know what to expect in your unhappy circumstances. There are no surprises. And that, in itself, provides a degree of comfort.
Few people enjoy the unknown. I believe that is why people remain where they are even when they are discontented.
Think about it: How many people have you known (again, I’m referring to BEFORE the recent economic downturn) who stayed with a job they hated. Why? I’m willing to bet that much of the reason is because the alternative provided too many unknowns, i.e., the gamble of having to move, the possibility of having to sell your house and find another, the “what ifs” that go along with having to do a job that is different from what you are use to, the chance of not liking the new job any better than the old one, the possibility of not knowing as much as you need to know to do the new job well and the question of -- Will you have to disrupt the family lifestyle and routine if you take a new job?
Leaving your comfort zone brings with it the risk of having to live a life filled with what is not familiar.
I wonder what our society would be like if we embraced the unfamiliar and looked forward to leaving our comfort zone. (Easier said than done, that I know!) What do you think?