“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”~ John F. Kennedy
I have never really been much of a risk taker. In fact, I would consider myself to be much more of a planner- and when I say planner I mean, I don’t do well with spur of the moment changes or whims. In fact I have mentioned before that change in the slightest has in the past had very negative effects on me.
However in the last few years I have really been working on this part of myself. I mean, let’s face it, life isn’t all about planning. Life is unpredictable, messy and will sometimes swing you around by the seat of your pants! Then, add having kids, well this just adds to the risk of things ever changing. So put down the day planner momma and just go with the flow…Ha! Not that easy. But, I did move across country, does that count?
As I’ve shared here we moved South a year ago, after having lived in New England my entire life. We sold our house, packed up our belongings (got rid of about half of them), put the kids and the cat in a car and moving truck and drove South. We moved here with no jobs, no friends or family and little idea of the area. This was about as out of my comfort zone as I’ve been, EVER!
Now, I will not say that the road that prepared me for this move was easy. The previous two years to our move had so many painful and terrible changes, I believe it just broke part of me. However, in the piecing back together, one thing I realized was that there is much to be learned with risking things. If you spend all your time only dreaming and never stepping out to try, how will you ever know what could happen? See: “Thee Elusive Dream”
I want to be able to challenge my kids to learn to risk things in life. Not crazy risks, but to be able not to worry what people think of you and take chances even when things aren’t clear. If you want something so badly you can taste it, then go for it! If it doesn’t work out then learn from the path you took and then begin again, but don’t fear failure. Nothing amazing can happen if you don’t jump in with both eyes closed sometimes! Be willing to jeopardize something for the chance at everything. What have you risked?
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