Comfortable Outside of the Comfort Zone….in Pants?

Hello! My name is Kaitlyn and I am currently enrolled at Endicott College to get my BFA in Art Therapy. I’m so happy to be writing my first article for Endicott’s Her Campus, so welcome! I had quite a few ideas for topics already and I’m not surprised because of how excited I am. I even came down to the beach to write. Which I’ll definitely be doing more in the future because I’m already obsessed with how peaceful it is. I brought my towel and threw it on a rock, sat down and put my headphones in and let me tell you. The mix of soft coffee house and the waves in the background is music to my ears. Where I am right now is exactly where I want to be. 

I tried something new the other day, but before I get into that I need to backtrack a little bit. Over the summer, I watched a lot of YouTube videos (one of my many quarantine activities) and got into a lot of thrift shopping and thrift flip videos. Needless to say, it opened my eyes to many possibilities I never would have thought of before. 

I found myself on Poshmark and ThreadUp, which were just a couple of the online thrift stores these youtubers were talking about. I found so many things that I really liked for a decent price and some things I knew I wouldn’t find anywhere else. I figured I’d look and see what there was, but then there they were. These pants. They were literally so cute. Like nothing I’ve ever owned before, and I became obsessed with them. I had to get them and I did. I was so excited. I don’t remember exactly what point in the summer I got them, but it was too hot to wear them because, well, they’re pants. The only time I actually wore them was to try them on. I never actually wore them out of the house though. Looking back now, I think part of me might have been too insecure to wear them because like I said before, I’ve never owned/worn anything like them before. 

The pants are a linen material with light, vertical stripes of pink and grey. It has a long, white, rope-like string around the waistband with tassels on the end. They’re the perfect boho beach style pants. Some of you are probably wondering, why am I so unsure about the pants? If I like them so much then why don’t I just wear them? Well, that’s what I was telling myself. Then, school started and the weather started getting cooler and I really had no excuse anymore. What was stopping me from wearing these pants other than myself? 

So, last Friday I changed into something comfy for dinner. I found a shirt that I thought would match, and I wore the dang pants! Now let me tell you….these pants are THE most comfortable pants I have ever owned. I’m a sucker for leggings, but the flow of these pants were something else. In case you wanted to know I’m wearing them now as I write this and I have already found more online similar to them. After wearing them out, I knew I needed another pair. Now, any pointless anxieties I had in my head are gone and I could not be happier with these pants. 

Trying something new and out of your comfort zone, whether it be with clothing or anything in life, is scary, and I won’t deny that. However, you may just find that your “comfort zone” isn’t very comfortable when it’s keeping you from trying something that will make you happy or from feeling even more comfortable with/in yourself. We get one life and it should be full of doing, having, and surrounding ourselves with things that make us happy! So do yourself a favor like I did, and ‘wear the dang pants’!