I know some people who freak out when they have to go to Baltimore city. The thing is these friends of mine live about 20min drive from Baltimore city. Initially that shocked me and I actually feel bad for them. They are missing out so much by staying in the local area. By getting out from the area you are familiar with, you can open up your mind.
I grew up in a small town in Japan. When I turned 18, I moved to Tokyo to attend college. Prior to moving to Tokyo, I was used to my mother doing things for me. So, I had to learn very quickly how to live by myself. I learned to appreciate things I took for grated all my life. I moved to the States in 1998 and I went through motherhood, divorce and many other significant events. Things were tough and I did make some decisions that I will always wonder if they were good or bad. But, all these positive and negative experiences made me stronger. I became a better listener and I learned that everyone is different. So, if you are the type of person who stay in their comfort zone, you are totally missing out. Negative and positive life experience will definitely make you a better person. If you plan on becoming successful, you definitely have to be able to get out and see the world.