1) The possibility of suffering harm, danger or loss
2) A factor involving uncertain hazards
1) Accepting the potential danger and going for it anyway
“Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.” ~Author Unknown
How much of a risk is a risk worth taking? For some people, risk taking is a way of life; they throw caution to the wind at every opportunity and often seem to come out on top. Most of us are a little more cautious, weighing up the possibilities and trying to work out if the odds are in our favour (or if the worst possible outcome is endurable).
So we might decide to ask that person out on a date, because the relationship that could come of it would be worth the risk of a bit of embarrassment. We might decide to start up a blog, because the worst thing that could happen is that no one reads it and we waste a bit of time. We might take up snowboarding… a possible broken ankle or wrist, compared with the thrill of the sport and the benefits of regular adrenaline filled exercise, is nothing, surely.
What about the bigger stuff? The offer of a job in a faraway place, with no friends or family to support – would you take it? The thrill of sex in a public place, risking arrest and job loss – is it worth it?
“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” ~ André Gide
What about giving your whole being up to someone you’ve not known long, in the grand scheme of things… how much do you want to know before you decide to go for it? How many lines have to be drawn? What if you know you could be risking the biggest heartbreak of your life? Are you still going to do it?
Answers on a postcard, please…