Is risk your drug of life? Do you take it? Do you come alive while giving it your all and not knowing the outcome? Or do you shun it and play it safe while avoiding the reward that might come from the prescription? There are those who embrace it with passion and those who eschew it with zeal. Is it your friend or is it your enemy? How you answer says more than you think.
Late American author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) compared a life of risk to “jumping off a cliff and building your wings on the way down.” There’s something to be said for the stomach-in-the-mouth feeling while scrambling to land upright in a barrage of uncertainty as we chase our dreams. Those that have been there know the feeling; those that haven’t can’t imagine it.
Risk is peculiar: too much and reckless abandon is our nemesis; too little and death-by-thought forges our soul. To risk or not to risk is the question in a free world where people choose their destinies. It’s the exhilaration derived from the freedom to act that makes risk the drug of life. How bored we’d be without it.
And then there are those for whom risk is anathema. Afraid for what it offers, they hide under a blanket of assumed security. They look to others for solutions and comfort. Dependence, not independence, is their code. Life is about existing and nothing more. It’s cradle-to-grave care wherever it’s found. Although for some there’s no alternative, for many there is, were it not for the fear within.
Fear is the killer of risk. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of work, and fear of change are harbingers of a life unfulfilled. But there is no certainty in life. The essence of life is unpredictability (see When Life is Unpredictable…) and to assert otherwise is to deny life’s truth. There are no guarantees. We scream; we protest, and we demand, but in the end warranty escapes us. The only certainty is uncertainty, and it’s from uncertainty that risk is born.
Without risk, no life thrives and no society endures. It creates the foundation from which great endeavors evolve. It’s the catalyst for brilliance and the impetus for innovation. Without it, neither challenge nor problem is solved. Stagnation is the rule and action the exception.
Risk brought us to the Moon and it will bring us beyond. It gives us the will to succeed, the will to struggle, and the will to overcome. Eliminate it and we eliminate accomplishment; embrace it and all things are possible. It truly is the drug of life…
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