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Taking Risks

We've all taken risks that may have challenged our fears, forced us to change, or dared us to try something new.

There can be emotional risks, like breaking off an engagement, or physical risks, like learning how to rock climb. Both kinds require a certain amount of boldness, trust, and belief in yourself, knowing that everything will be OK afterwards, but most of all, it takes a whole lot of hope that things will be even better than before. For example, you may be nervous to quit your job, but you have hope that following your dream to be a teacher will make you happier. Hope can be a great force to ignite risk taking.

No risk is too small, you always learn something about yourself and overcome a fear. Plus, taking risks builds your confidence and your inner-strength, so you feel more comfortable taking risks in the future.

Some people are born risk takers, and others need to be coaxed or forced into it. Whatever makes you take the risk, whether the outcome was good or bad, it adds to our experience as human beings. So I want to know...

What's the most difficult risk you ever took that helped you grow the most?


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runnergeek runnergeek 10 years
ending my seven year marriage. by far the hardest decision i have ever, ever had to make.
omigosh omigosh 10 years
these are all very inspiring! my biggest risk was giving my ex another chance. however we had to break up a year later because of distance. although that was hard, it was a good decision to get back together because we learned from our previous mistakes and it made our relationship stronger the second time round!
bushra bushra 10 years
my biggest risk? agreeing to an arranged marriage. but even then i had a fair idea of what i was getting into and so the risk for me didn't feel so huge. turned out to be one of the best decisions i've made. i had my two year anniversary a couple of days ago and my baby is due any day!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Telling my best friend that she was changing for the worst. We don't speak anymore, but at least I was able to slow her down before she made a mistake.
itsa-bitsa itsa-bitsa 10 years
To move away from my friends and family. I moved from California to Oregon, which luckily is still on the same coast, and it was probably one of the most difficult things to do. I always thought I would be a California girl till the day I died but now I know I love Portland and it helped that my boyfriend moved here with me and I had my best friend here to welcome us. I am definitely proud of myself for making the change and taking the risk!
ESPNgirl ESPNgirl 10 years
Right after i graduated from undergrad, I moved from the Midwest to New York City (a place I'd never been) to teach in an under-resourced school. I walked away from an abusive relationship in the process by allowing myself to move on with my life, and I am now in my 4th year of living in NYC and dating an amazing man who I plan on marrying in the next couple of years. I'm glad I came out here and took a chance. I miss my family and friends but in a lot of cases, I do not look back.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
Not getting married to my no ex-fiance 5 years ago was really hard, but the BEST thing that ever happened to me. After getting my heart broken, I became a stronger woman, and met someone who is even more perfect for me. He makes me a better person and always encourages me to try new things.
KadBunny KadBunny 10 years
Dating outside my comfort zone. I went for something that felt right, although it didn't necessarily fit into my usual area. The classic opposite couple; the bad boy and good girl. It was scary but I'd loved him for years and I knew I wasn't about to let go anytime soon, so I took that risk. Fast forward one year later and we're still in love. :) My weaknesses are his strengths and vice versa; we just hold each other up and there's so many things I've learned about myself in such a short amount of time. It's difficult, and it feels great.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Staying married to my husband and trusting that we could make things work.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
there were 2. 1) moving to texas for a promotion with a newish corporation where i had ZERO support system in place; DISASTER. eaisly the worst choice i ever made. a truely horrible 3 1/2 years. 2) moving frome texas to the bay area just to get the fuck out of texas and into a different situation. 1 knew 1 person here at the time but she was supportive of my getting into a better situation. great choice. i met my husbad w/i a few days of being here, we've been married 10 years and have 3 kids.
smp7328 smp7328 10 years
To tell my best guy friend how i actually felt about him. It took a lot of guts on my part and it totally backfired on me, but it showed me what kind of person I am and that I am willing to put everything on the line when I love someone. It sucks that the whole thing fell apart three weeks ago and i haven't seen much of the "good" come out of it yet, but I have to say that it is amazing to see, so far, what i have done and worked for over the last year and a half just to show one person how much i do care for them. It just totally hurts to have it not work out the way you want it to and to have the relationship not survive.
Hootie Hootie 10 years
I think it would have to be graduating from the Police Academy. I conquered my fears and proved I could do it. Being a cop taught me a lot about myself. What I would and wouldn't stand for. As a woman, a mother and a human being. How important my morals and beliefs are to me. I saw an ugly side of law enforcement. The good old boys club. I had to resign. It just wasn't for me. But I'm so glad I did it. I don’t have to wonder what if… It was a childhood dream of mine and I fulfilled it!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
letting go of inhibitions
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