Taking Risks

by Elizabeth on May 26, 2011 · 5 comments

in Adventures, love, struggles

I am not a risk taker.

I am not the kind of person who jumps out of airplanes, takes spontanous road trips, or tries new and daring fashions.

I do not ride roller coasters or motorcycles, I don’t walk up to people and strike up conversations, and I don’t make decisions unless I’m almost positive of the outcome.

I am the type of person who chooses the safe career of librarianship over a career in paleo-anthropology because someone thought that I couldn’t do it.  I am the type of person who doesn’t move to England for graduate school, choosing to hide behind an excuse of “it’s too expensive”. 

I make safe choices.  Safe choices that could also be described as boring or cowardly. 

I have a choice to make right now.  To take a risk or stay at home.  To try something that may work and be amazing or play it safe. 

But I’m afraid. 

Afraid of having my heart broken.  Afraid of doing something I may regret.  Afraid of not doing something and regretting it. 

So I have to make a choice.  Take a chance and risk my heart?  Or stay safe and risk regret? 

Choices suck.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cate May 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Take a chance! Seriously, do it! I've often heard the phrase, "You won't regret the chances you took, but you'll regret the chances you didn't take." Or something along those lines. As a serious risk-taker, I don't think that's totally true since I have some very serious regrets myself. But I think that this particular risk is worth it.

As long as you don't feel uneasy about HIM, I say go!

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2 Christine May 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I completely agree with Cate! What if I had never driven to Ohio!?!! I'm not saying your going to marry the guy or anything, but some risks can be good! Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth, say a prayer and go for it!!! 🙂 ps, I GET TO SEE YOU TOMORROW!!!!!!!!

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3 Megg May 27, 2011 at 2:06 am

I've taken a few risks in my life, but they've all worked out…eventually. It was hard along the way, sometimes. I think if you have any inkling that you might regret it if you don't take the chance, then you want to do it. You don't want to regret it in the long run.
Of course I do have to say that long distance relationships are difficult. In fact, they downright suck. Just…as a warning 🙂 But it's worth a shot, and you won't know what's going to happen if you let a chance pass you by 🙂

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4 rpglibrarian May 27, 2011 at 5:46 am

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to."
-Bilbo Baggins.

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5 SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen June 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

glad you’re going!!

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