“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”
~ Katherine Mansfield
I posted this quote recently as part of my Thoughtful Thursday feature. It’s a quote I’ve been carrying around with me since I was 20.
I’ve written before about my aversion to risk. Actually, it’s not really an aversion. Ok, yes it is. I regret more that I haven’t done than what I have. It used to be (between the ages of 19 and 25) that the only time I took risks was with the help of some liquid courage and they weren’t necessarily healthy risks. Then somehow I fell into a cocoon of sorts, insulated from all the things I thought were scary.
Here’s the thing: risk is a requirement for growth. I don’t think I fully understood that the first time I latched on to this quote. I’m old enough to have some perspective now, old enough to fully grasp the folly of being risk-adverse, old enough to shake my head and wish for a do-over. Fortunately, I’m young enough to take action, to bust through the cocoon of comfort and safety. Fortunately, I become stronger as I get older.
Fortunately, I understand now.