“To laugh is to risk being a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To express feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd
Is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
The person who risks nothing,
Has nothing and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, But they simply cannot learn, Feel, change, grow, love or live.
Risks must be taken because, The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
Only a person who risks is free.”
– Leo Buscalia
It’s very easy to take the path of least resistance. That’s why its called the path of least resistance. We can all sit back in our comfort zones and hope for excitement to come at us. And sometimes it does. But more likely is that it won’t as long as we are sitting back.
The brain craves stimulation. As humans, we crave new experiences, new stimuli. Perhaps our most helpful skill is the ability to adapt, but much as we can adapt, we can also get bored easily. New experiences force us to break free from our own expectations, from what we feel are the limits of our capabilities. We push back on the walls that for so long we’ve believed, and are introduced to worlds never before imagined, or even dreamed.
To life, is to risk dying. But we take the risk anyway. Why? Because it’s worth it. If we were to let the fear of death completely consume us, our lives would never progress, we would never learn, or grow, or feel, or love.
Sure, there is a part of us that is devoted to self-preservation, that says “taking risks will threaten that self-preservation”. But the things in life that challenge us are the ones that make us grow the most. Self-preservation does not have to be preservation of one state of being. People change. People grow. Times and environments change and grow also.
And when the ride of life ends and we look back, we will never regret the things we did, as much as the things we didn’t do. Take a risk. Embrace your possibilities of potential.