As it turns out, I’m a roll-the-dice kind of girl. Show me a chance and I’ll probably take it and ask me for advice and I’ll almost always tell you to take the risk. Rolling the dice became my way of life as a young person and I’m glad it did.
It’s a wonder, really, that I am the way that I am because every member of my immediate family has taken the path of least resistance. Maybe I’m a throwback to my grandparents, who took a big risk when they left Sicily for America, a mythical place with a completely different language. True, they had family here to help make the path a little smoother once they got here, most of them, anyway. But it took a giant pair of cojones to make a change that significant. If you’ve got immigrant parents or grandparents, you know what I’m talkin’ about.
But whether it’s a job opportunity, a love interest or something else, if it looked like there was a chance for something big to happen, like happiness or fulfillment, I was always ready to take the risk.
I’m a lot less daring now, I think. Now that I’m in my mid-60s, health care has become more important and that’s enough to keep me from floating around like I did when I was young. There’s also less time now to make up losses. So, I’ve become realistic.
But if you’re young and energetic, like my nephews, for example, I always say Go for it! But keep a few helpful hints in mind:
Expect the unexpected. Murphy’s Law pops up when you least expect it.
Be prepared for as much as you can, but realize you can’t prepare for everything. Some of the biggest blessings come from those things that come out of thin air: a job, a love affair, a friend. At the same time, things might not go so well. Be realistic.
Calculate the risk before you take it. If you’re investing in a new venture, if it goes south, can you afford to take the loss and start again?
Assess your options. Sometimes, it’s immediately clear that a particular path is so exciting and potentially fulfilling it’s worth the risk. Sometimes, it’s a matter of survival. I know more than one person close to my age forced to start again due to earlier bad decisions or circumstances that didn’t go their way. They may have had a tough climb at the start, but with focus and diligence, the risk that looked like their only option turned out to be a lifesaver.
I’m realistic enough to know that it doesn’t always go that way. But my life has taught me that the Divine always has our highest and best interests front and center. Father/Mother God has our backs, even when things seem challenging or dark.
So, I’ve got to ask: has rolling the dice in your life taught you anything? I’d love to hear in the Comments below.