The ‘Out of my Comfort Zone’ Experience
A few days ago, I got a call asking me to come in for a casting that not only involved cooking in front of a camera but required me to present in Arabic ‘4 nutritional tips to follow during Ramadan.’ I am sure all of my friends and family are already laughing.
Let me just rewind a little… Although I am a 100% Lebanese, when I try to speak Arabic I say A LOT of wrong words at the wrong time and pass 1 Arabic word between every 10 (or waaay more) English words. I have found myself in many awkward situations, where I have pronounced words so terribly wrong that I was saying things I shouldn’t be saying (blame it on growing up abroad).
So here I was thinking, ‘How in the world am I going to say any type of medical term in Arabic, let alone the normal ones? Plus, speak fluently in front of a full team and camera (let me also highlight I am work in progress when it comes to public speaking)?!’ Yet, I confirmed my casting for the next day.
I spent the night writing my speech in English Arabic (because I can’t write Arabic) and having a laugh with my mom and sister as I practiced being a ‘presenter’ in the least fashionable look (my old pee-jays and bare face). I think we had a vigorous ab workout.
Let me just confess… I barely slept a few hours and when I woke up I contemplated canceling. What would I say last minute? I then asked myself, ‘What is the worst that can happen?’ Have a laugh all together? Cross out ‘I tried casting’ on my bucket list? Meet great, new people? Start new adventures?
I got up, got dressed while reading my simplified ‘script’ and went with a smile. Let me just say, no matter what the outcome is.. It felt great stepping out of my comfort zone and challenging myself in a way I would have never dreamt of doing!
In the end every experience, however minute it may seem, brings with it some learnings or laughter. The journey of life is full of trials and errors so even if it is bound to fail, just go for it. It is better to have tried than to have regrets!
Lesson for me: Start taking Arabic lessons ASAP 😳