Living at Risk

I was just now replying to a letter from a friend and decided to post a paragraph of my reply here.

It’s scary to take risks though—but of course, risk is inevitable in life and no one can succeed without trying and risking failure. It goes logically that the more we risk the more we may gain (or lose). If someone thinks they aren’t taking risks they end up with a non-life by which in reality, they’ve risked such great things as joy, love, and adventure all for safety. And this “safety” isn’t even as safe as they would hope because as humans none of us control our futures. So then, the risk of failing to act is greater than the risk of failure–it’s choosing failure.

After writing the letter I was reminded of this quote by Ray Bradbury–

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

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