We all take dozens of risks everyday. Leaving our homes, getting in cars, taking elevators, eating sushi from that questionable place we can’t stop going to…but how often do we take conscious risks? How often do we make the decision to do something that we’re unsure about, that makes our heart race, that makes us simultaneously excited and also wishing we were anywhere else, doing anything other than what we’re about to do? Many of us avoid this at all costs because, well, it’s scary–and why be scared when you can be comfortable?
Speaking of scary: last weekend, I took a trapeze class. I like to think that I welcome challenges and learning new skills. And frankly, I wasn’t that scared of this one. I know I’m relatively strong and coordinated, and there’s a net to catch you–how bad could it be?
Pretty bad, it turns out, as I’m climbing a narrow, swinging ladder up to a 4″ x 1″ platform about 30 feet in the air. It’s a lot scarier up there, looking down, than down there, looking up. But while my heart hammered and my brain kept asking why didn’t I just eat brunch on Sundays like a normal person, my body didn’t hesitate–I jumped, and swung, and laughed. Like almost every other frightening risk I’ve ever taken, it was worth all of the fear and apprehension. It’s so easy to live our entire lives in our comfort zone, only doing things we’re familiar with and that come easily to us. But it’s so much more fun to challenge yourself–whether that challenge is taking a new job, learning a skill, traveling somewhere completely different, or swinging around like a Cirque du Soleil reject.
What fun, scary risks are you taking? And, any suggestions for my next Sunday adventure?