This week the lovely Kate has chosen the subject of taking risks. And set the following questions. The thing I love about striking Mums is Kate seems to read my mind and ask questions that a relevant to my life. Sometimes questions are hard to ask yourself, and answer honestly. Sometimes you are just not quite ready to answer yourself, let alone share with others. With that in mind I will do my best to do these questions justice.
- Would you describe yourself as a risk taker?
No not always. However I do think I have taken more risks in the last few years. I have realised that the only person in control of my destiny is me. And I don’t want so get to old age and have regrets. I would rather try, and fail, than think if only.
- What, if anything, concerns you about taking a risk?
There is only one answer to this and that it failing, but seriously is failing so terrible? You just learn a lesson from it and carry on don’t you?
- What is the worst thing that could happen if you take a risk?
Again failing, but sometimes failing is not an option is it? Thinking positive is the key.
- Tell us a situation where taking a risk paid off for you?
For me it has to be starting my blog as I had put it off for such a long time even though I was desperate to start it, I was scared of failure, being judged. I am so glad I took that risk, although really was it a risk? What on earth was I scared of? Others judging me, and to be honest anyone I care about and that matters would never judge me. And any one that does judge doesn’t really matter anyway.
- Tell us about a situation where taking a risk resulted in harm to you or yours?
I would never take a risk that would result in others being hurt; I think people’s perception of me is one thing. But anything that could hurt my family is another risk and one not worth taking. But some people don’t have a choice but to take such huge risks, so I would never judge anyone.
- What risk are you tempted to take right now?
These are risks I am still thinking about, still discussing with Chris. My problem is I am impatient, but just not quite ready yet, to do it, or indeed talk about it.
- What would help you feel better about taking that risk?
Having a crystal ball, ha ha. But we would all like a crystal ball at times wouldn’t we?
- What risk did you not take that you now wish you had?
Starting my blog earlier. I can’t believe fear stopped me doing something I love. I am so much braver because of the amazing supportive community I am now part of.
- Do you admire people who take risks?
Yes, because risks require bravery, and quite a degree of calculation. It’s a big decision to do something that you know is a risk to you, no matter how small.
- Can you think of someone famous or otherwise who is an inspirational risk-taker? What can you learn from them?
Not someone famous, but my wonderful brave brother. He is in the British Army and has taken so many risks, risks he has no choice to take for the safety of others. And as I am sat here watching the heart breaking programme about young war widows, it makes you realise that life is for living, being brave and living for today.