Stepping outside is hard. No one can deny that it is easier for us as people to stay within the bubbles that we build for ourselves. Some people’s bubbles may be bigger, or have more diversity within them, but they are bubbles just the same. As people we crave inclusion and to be part of something, but part of that desire to be on the inside of something is an unconscious response to keep others on the outside. Just as much as we can want to stay safe within our comfort zone we also tend to try to push others out of it, to keep them from coming in and making changes.
That having been said, it is important to look closely and see who are the people that we avoid. So often it can be unconscious so that, at least for me, I need to open my eyes and look. It is so easy to be blind to the fact that you’ve turned a blind eye, that there may be individuals, groups, or even broad categories of people that you avoid, maybe without even realizing it. If you are interested in going outside your boundaries, then you need to ask yourself who am I not letting inside them.