Everyone has many opportunities to take risks and improve their position in this world or just to change how they live. Quite often when we say “risk” we mean something big and dramatic, but of course this is not always the case. Risks can bring about great change, make you a lot of money, win someone over or just give you a life-changing mindset. However, the problem with these “risks” is that they can often have a high possibility of causing negative change. But of course, this is why we call it a “risk”!
I believe that everyone should try something crazy or random at some point in their life. You can spend your whole life playing it safe, or you can have an adventure! I like to take small risks here and there, but the biggest one I ever took was when I moved abroad on a whim. I came to Japan with little planning and without a job, and I did so because I wanted to move back here. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here before as a student, and I enjoyed the lifestyle, so why not Japan? I decided one day that I wanted to come back here, and the next day I was on an airplane. This quick decision has led me to meet lots of different people, work very random jobs and travel to places I never would have if I didn’t take this risk. I consider this to be one of the best risks I’ve ever taken, and it has paid off very well for me. I regret nothing!
A very positive thing about taking risks is that they can open your mind to new experiences, and change the way you think about everything or about how you view yourself. Of course, when risks go bad, they can go very bad. I think this can add to the excitement and thrill of the risk, depending on the situation. It really depends on each individual person about whether they will take big risks, small risks, or no risks at all. Often when people have a risk that doesn’t pay off for them, they get scared or become very nervous about taking any more risks. While this is completely understandable, remember that you only live once! Don’t let yourself get too down from these experiences, and focus on the good. There’s never anything wrong with being an optimist in this day and age.
Risks come in many different forms, and it’s up to you if you want to act on them. Is there somewhere you really want to go to? A job that you really want to try? A pet you’ve always wanted? Maybe you take small risks every morning when you press the snooze button on your alarm! I think everyone is guilty of that one from time to time. It’s good to be careful and live in a safe, predictable manner, but sometimes we need to take risks to really enjoy life or to have our own adventures and ensure that we have no regrets.
win someone over – to succeed in getting someone’s support, appreciation or agreement
play it safe (idiom) – to be careful and avoid danger
on a whim (idiom) – without careful planning, based on a sudden idea or desire
optimist (n) – a person who tends to look at things in a positive way and be hopeful and confident about the future
regret (n) – a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that one has done or failed to do
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