I've stepped outside the box more times than I can count this year and I can honestly say, that no matter what the result, my only regrets have been when I've chosen to stay within it.
I didn't join EP to actually meet people and never dreamed I'd make friends, however, that is exactly the result I derived. You see, for me, joining was stepping out of the box.
The results of this one simple action have been profound. I've made a ton of friends, many who are now part of my physical world. As a matter of fact, one in particular has become my best friend. It's been years since I've had someone that I could refer to in that manner.
I've yet to step outside the box with marriage, and that is something I regret everyday. I'm so close. One foot is in the box and the other is out. Every time I work at pulling my second foot out, something happens that makes me jump back inside, pull down the flaps and remain in my safe, albeit very dark and lonely world.
None of us know what the result of our actions will really be. We can guess, but there are a million factors involved. What I do know is this. For good or ill, each and every time I step outside my comfort zone, I feel a sense of pride in having at least made the effort.
Life outside the box can be scary, but then again, it can be wonderful. Or, it can just be. The possibilities are boundless. I would love to have the courage to do it more often.