10 December 2008
"Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win."
I am so stirred by this entry's title quote by Bernadette Devlin that I am considering printing it across the back windshield of my car. Devlin does not glamorize risk, but instead acknowledges the gritty truth that we must first be willing to struggle, before we may dare to achieve and accomplish. Risk, after all, is not for the faint of heart.
Perhaps one of the truest forms of life, is a life of risks. If we are too timid to allow ourselves to become vulnerable, too unsure to be willing to put everything on the line, we will never really experience the abundance of opportunity life can offer.
What losses may we suffer, should we take a risk? What is so critically important to us, that we cannot seem to let it go of, in order to venture into the unknown? Our reputation? Our money, and material goods? Our dignity or our pride?
Chances are you've asked yourself, before a risk-requiring situation, "What's the worse that could happen?"
Considering my immensely vivid imagination, I can usually answer that same question with numerous possible results that would all be hard to swallow.
Recently though, I've come to the conclusion though, that perhaps we should not ask, "What's the worse that could happen?" in regards to the actual risk, but that same question in regards to what could happen if we do not try.
In doing this, I've noticed that the worse that could happen if I do not try at all, is most likely burden me more that if the worse happened from taking a risk. I know now that if I do not take the chances I have to make life happen, then life, as I desire it, may never happen at all.
I believe most of us would coincide that a life full of risk, and even mistakes, is more honorable than a life of never trying at all. Therefore, we should, with a granted extent of caution, embrace the opportunities that rest in the risks given to us.
Since spending this summer living in New York City (the event in which this blog's title was originally given for), I have been desperate to return and make NYC my home. Many great obstacles stand in my way, and while my parents are strongly advising me to wait until everything is perfectly aligned for me to move to NYC, I've made a monumental decision of my own.
When the new year arrives, no matter what the situation, no matter how much struggle may lie ahead, I am packing my most precious belongings, leaving all else behind, moving to NYC, perhaps with no job ahead, weak funding in the bank, complete uncertainty, and taking the greatest risk of my life, risking my life itself, to accomplish all that I passionately desire to do. As Ella Williams smartly said: "Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it."
Do you consider yourself a risk-taker? Are there any risks you'd like to take but are still unsure about? What is the greatest risk you've taken? Are there any risks you did not take, but now regret not taking? Other thoughts?
Title Quote: Bernadette Devlin
Photo Credits: Matt Sundin, www.emsfilm.com.