When’s the last time you did something outside of your comfort zone?

For some it’s the main way to relax; hurling themselves at physical challenges and treating life as one great scavenger hunt, collecting as many experiences as possible – like one great gap year! Have you trekked the Himalayas? ‘Done’ the Amazon? Killi? American road trip? In a camper van…with a tepee? No? Poor you!

Is there a better way to get out of your comfort zone?

Verna Myers has a suggestion, and living in Newham you won’t have to venture far to achieve it. Myers says we need to intentionally extend our friendship groups and overcome our prejudices – racial, cultural and otherwise. Have a look around your circle of friends? Who’s missing? Is everyone you relate you basically from your own ethnic and cultural background? What are you missing?

Prejudice limits life. When’s the last time you intentionally crossed a boundary to experience life from someone else’s viewpoint? The Royal Docks are potentially full of opportunities for this. But they are only potentially ours. We may have to take Myer’s advice and ‘walk towards’ our biases to really get to ‘where the magic happens’.

Watch Myer’s inspirational TED talk here:http://www.ted.com/talks/verna_myers_how_to_overcome_our