The Hobbit is a series of films directed by Peter Jackson. Based on the novel of the same name, they are part of the universe of Middle Earth. The book was written by the author of The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien. Altogether, the trilogy is prequel to the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit happens 60 years before The Lord of the Rings.
The script of the films was written by Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Peter Jackson and the famous Guillermo del Toro. The Hobbit tells the story of a little hobbit named Bilbo in his adventures through Middle Earth. Bilbo is convinced by a mysterious wizard, Gandalf the Gray, to undertake an adventure with 13 dwarves. This company of dwarves is led by Thorin Oak Shield. Thorin seeks to defeat Smaug the dragon and recover the Lonely Mountain, the fallen kingdom of the dwarves.
The Hobbit, an adventure story
In his book The Hobbit, Tolkien opens a fantasy world more innocent than the one we see in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien creates a small and happy people, hobbits, who live their lives in the peaceful Shire. Bilbo Baggins is one of the hobbits who loves more deeply the comforts that his routine life offers him. Your whole life is focused on staying in your comfort zone.
What Bilbo did not know was that everything was about to change when a magician knocked on his door. Gandalf is the magician who pushes Bilbo to begin his adventures, as well as years later he would push Frodo. Bilbo knows the 13 dwarves that would accompany him throughout his trip. Peculiar, but all full of vivacity and cunning. When the leader of the dwarves, Thorin, offers to undertake the trip to reclaim the fallen kingdom of Erebor, Bilbo flatly refuses.
Bilbo was so comfortable in his home, with his armchair, his pipe and his garden, that he never thought of abandoning it. Finally, he realizes that he could never grow if he does not risk a little. Bilbo knew that it was worth taking the trip because it would mean living the adventures he had always read.
Leave the Shire, leave your comfort zones
The Comarca, the small town created by Tolkien, exemplifies very well what a comfort zone is. Filled with beautiful landscapes, fertile meadows and friendly hobbits. All the inhabitants of La Comarca are comfortable in their routines, they do not want changes.
Nothing improvised happens in the lives of hobbits. However, Bilbo needs only a small push to dare to leave his comfort zone. This would mean abandoning their friends, their home, the comfort of the Shire, to enter the unknown.
In the case of Bilbo, leaving the comfort zone occurred at the right time. However, how do we know when is the right time to dare to cross our own barriers? To answer, we could consider these three points.
1. Is the time precise?
You dream of becoming a singer some day, but you’ve never taken any kind of song. It presents the opportunity to sing in a show open to the public near your work. What is the best decision? You must think about your abilities.
Although it is true that we can always learn a little more, it is still smarter to recognize when we have the basic skills to undertake a task. In the case of the musical show, it would be better to practice a little before starting to sing in front of an audience that will value our performance.
2. Have you specified your purpose?
Having a clear idea of our priorities and goals will help us to accept the challenges we encounter along the way. It is inevitable to find challenges, what changes is our attitude towards them.
An important point regarding the challenges is to identify the reasons that help us to face them. This list, with its associated thoughts, will help us in those moments of difficulty in which our motivation is threatened.
3. Are you willing to face the challenges?
Leaving our comfort zone demands an investment of time and effort. Whether it’s talking in public, learning to say “no” or putting on our shoes and going on trails never traveled. All the challenges we face require courage, effort and attention (remember that we speak of a terrain unknown to us).
How are your strengths? How do you feel mood? A good way to find an answer to these questions is through reflection. Only by knowing the answers will you be able to decide if it is time to leave your comfort zone or, on the contrary, it is better than trying to get out in another way or stay in it. On the other hand, once the decision is made, get going, do not delay it, today better than tomorrow, now better than later.