To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out is to risk involvement.
To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before a 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.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
Persons who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing, and are nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves, for they have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
As we go into the weekend I keep thinking back to the poem that essentially brought me and my husband together. We both were drawn to this poem and we both had it on our Facebook profiles (back when you put quotes on your Facebook, hahaha). I just keep thinking about all of the risks that I have taken in my life that have turned out great. Like taking a chance on meeting a guy that liked the same poem that I did. Or starting to workout and entering competitions in the hopes that it was going to be fun. Or deciding to try and have a baby. So far the only risks that I really think about on a daily basis are all of the good ones. I am not saying that I have never risked things and had them go horribly wrong, its just that when you think about your life in general, most of the time you only remember the good stuff.
As you go into the weekend and are thinking about all of the stuff that you would like to do with your life. Maybe just thinking about the risks that you have taken already that have turned out for the better will help you take that leap of faith and really go after what you want. Slip ups and failures will happen but the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.