Take A Risk
Standing with my toes on the threshold of the door, poised to jump. I’m willing to risk change. I will take a risk and see where it leads me. That is where I am right now as I get ready to go public with a story that tells where I have been. So what if it goes absolutely nowhere? I honestly don’t care. It was the process and the practice. It was the experience. I have told a story about someone I was. I have written an account of my youth and the mindset of my younger self. I have left that person behind and have learned from those mistakes. I loved writing this memoir and reconsidering all that I experienced. I enjoyed remembering where I had been and how I have come to the point I am now. (Read more about the book)
When I searched for a definition for risk the first response was “a situation involving exposure to danger.” Risk then is quite arbitrary in nature – one’s personal idea of what a risk is can vary dramatically not only from individual to individual, but within that very individual’s own life experience. A healthy, young person risks nothing really in climbing a hill or fording a stream, but those very actions for a two year old or a 90 year old may have vastly different outcomes. There are emotional/psychological risks, physical risks, and financial risks to name a few areas and each person may be bolder or braver in any given category. I tend to be stronger and braver in emotional endeavors than I am physically.
Perhaps there really are no risks in life if you look at those choices and learn something. Is a failure not also a success if it teaches you something? Perspective and expectations have been topics of discussion here in this blog and I know that my mind has many options in how things can be understood. What then would I consider to be a risk? If risking something means taking a chance with the hopes that it will go a certain way, and something can be gained from it, then it never was a risk at all. If I redefine for myself what risk is, perhaps I can be bolder and braver in other parts of my life. So, I do not take risks. I take opportunities. That is how I will define it.
What opportunity will come knocking for you? What risk will you take tomorrow?