--- what is risky to one may not be as risky to another.
How is risk evaluated?
Taking a risk is a calculated maneuver. It takes time and consideration. Professional athletes spend hours planning and preparing for their most risky moments. Snowboarders, skateboarders, paragliders, consider every step of their excursion and mentally anticipate the outcome of their actions. There is logic behind taking risks. So what is so thrilling about risk?
The thrill of taking risks is actively leaning into uncertainty. For myself, there is a genuine draw to endure the extreme. To discover what is unknown (for myself) and have less of an intention to get through the day, and more of an intention to EXPERIENCE the day.
adrenaline junkies. thrill seekers. risk takers. Let’s talk about the rush of risk.
Sometimes risk is frightening. The risk of not getting the job. The risk of being vulnerable. The risk of rejection. The risk of wasting time. To protect oneself from experiencing a risky situation, one may turn defensive and avoid an experience. I sure have been in those shoes before. I have had moments when I choose not to do something because I feared the risk. I can confidently say that my decision to NOT do something is a reflection of my maturity and an outcome of a certain level of nervousness. Life is scary. Life is especially scary as we begin to grow into the people we want to be and we do this on our own time.
Appreciating the thrilling parts of life takes time and consideration. It is expected that before enduring intense, adrenaline-inducing experiences, there is an evaluation of the risks. Every element is taken into account, from the anticipated terrain, the required physicality or the emotional/mental wave that is experienced. Each of these elements contributes to the calculations that lead to the decision of whether or not to take the risk.
Risk satisfies a curiosity about uncertainty.
Mark Groves says that “the more [he] leaned into uncertainty and the unknown, the more [his] heart and soul expanded”. He said yes to risk because he wanted to see himself grow. He chose to endure a new and challenging experience to offer himself a wider platform to step on. Groves continually embraced the risks that he evaluated and allowed for the rest to fall into place, which I think is a lesson worth sharing.
I take risks, because I have a genuine curiosity about the outcome. I also take risks, because I like the challenge. Risk satisfies a hunger for thrill, and it takes time and consideration to get to that point. As I have experienced risks, I have had an opportunity to reflect on the impacts that these risks have on my life. In the long run, every cliff edge I have meet and every leap I have taken has been rewarding. The inital breathe I take before entering the journey addresses a build up of anticipation. Taking one step closer to the edge these emotions rise and the weight of the risk begins to set in. I begin to lean into that uncertainty in hopes of satisfying my curiosity about the outcome. Committed to the bit and taking the final step, I indulge in the risk and have confidence in that choice. It is in that moment when there is a feeling weightlessness and the thrill is just a ride. I live for these moments, because it represents a reward for trusting in my instincts. Living on the edge is not always the most comfortable when the unknown is greater than we can bear. I encourage leaning into risk to reflect on personal growth and witness life in live action.
Where do the boundaries of your comfort zone extend to, and are you willing to expand them?