The word risk can either be received with open arms or send someone in the opposite direction. For me, I like to approach anything “risky” with excitement, while inching one step closer as I figure out the pieces to determine if it’s a good risk to take. Combine this thought with me being a very spontaneous person, you can do the equation and figure out that I have taken many risks in my short life. I move with emotion and calculated thoughts and do so quickly when it comes to big decisions that are typically life changing. (Daniel is similar, but doesn’t move with emotion… surprise, surprise.) For instance, as an undergraduate, I decided one day that I needed a life change and wanted to study abroad in Sydney, Australia. I thought, “Why not?” and found myself there less than a year later. I saved money, made sure the courses I took directly counted towards my Psychology major, and packed effectively. These calculated thoughts allowed me to return and graduate a semester early and have enough funds to sustain my life style while abroad. Fast forward several years later (and dating Daniel from afar), I took another risk to leave home in CT and move to San Diego, CA. New city, new living arrangements with Daniel, and no friends or family… Many people had their reservations and doubts. I don’t blame them. But I had calculated thoughts by having a Plan B, securing a job right away, saving enough funds if I ended up on my own, and my personal goal of going to graduate school. From both experiences, taking the calculated risks have contributed immensely to my happiness and personal growth. If I never took them, I would not be in my current situation. Of course there were challenges along the way, but that was inevitable. The hard times encouraged me to figure it out on my own without family and close friends around. I am really looking forward to taking more calculated risks in the future! What have I got to lose, even with a young baby! 😉
What calculated risks have you taken in your life?