Life is all about taking risks.
Have you heard this or some variation of it before? Well, I am here to tell you that it is true. Risk-taking is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the act or fact of doing something that involves danger or risk in order to achieve a goal.”
Many times in life, it seems extremely difficult to take that plunge. To try something new that we do not feel capable of. To make a decision that has no foreseeable outcome can be one of the scariest feelings in life.
Many times we are faced with making major decisions in our lives because the world around us is forcing us to make the next decision. Perhaps you need more money, so you are forced to look for another job. Maybe you want more time with your family, so you cut back on overtime. Sometimes you just want to do something new, so you start a cooking class or take up yoga twice a week. My decision-making was based on figuring out what was best for me, at the core of myself. I was not unhappy in my job and I was not unhappy living at home with my amazing family. I just knew there had to be more for me out there in the world.
Last month, on June 16, 2015, I finished up my last day at my first full-time job out of graduate school – two weeks shy of one year – and I got on the road. My journey began in Scranton, Pennsylvania and “ended” in Manhattan Beach, California about a week later. I use “ended” lightly because, in reality, this was just the beginning.
No job lined up. No place to call my own (Luckily, I have amazing family friends out here that gave me an extra room while I get on my own two feet!) No way of knowing what would happen with my relationship back on the East Coast. No sign of when I would actually see my family again, including my adorable one and a half year old nephew.
The point of all of this?
Thirty-four days later, I am consistently realizing it is one of the best decisions of my life thus far. To be able to start fresh, but still have support from family and friends. To learn what it means to be on your own in a completely new place. To explore new cities and see new sights and breathe in new scents. You truly learn a lot about not only yourself, but the way the world works.
I spoke about risk-taking and how it is necessary to reach a goal. Why can’t your goal be YOU? As humans, we focus on so much in life that has to do with something else: Work. Family. Friends. School. To Do Lists. Money. Weddings. Sports. The list can go on and on.
There is truly no better time than now. Today is your day. I challenge you to focus a bit more on you, as one of your main goals in life, each and every day. Do that thing you keep thinking about. Make your daydreams your reality! Your future self will thank you for it.