The importance of taking risks and being spontaneous
‘The most exciting relationships and careers are the ones that still have the power to surprise you.’
I read this quote recently and I feel like it just totally sums up my approach to life, love and everything in between.
I don’t for a second deny the beauty in the known, the beauty in routine or the beauty in consistency. But personally, I don’t have the desire to know exactly what’s around the corner.
I want to be surprised. I love to be surprised. It fuels my soul.
I want to feel every single damn thrill, through every inch of my being. I want to face fear, challenge and difficulty straight in the face and overcome it with the strength I have grown to know I own.
With every hurdle and challenge, I grow. I grow stronger. And with every thrill, I fall a little bit more in love with life and the feeling of living it.
No adventure is more exciting than one you haven’t planned.
No happiness is more satisfying than the one you took a risk for and came to fruition.
Truth is, you have to be willing to take risks to even get a chance to see what’s on the other side for you.
I believe you run a much higher risk by staying exactly where you are and never exploring it.
I guess you could say, to a certain extent, that I’m saying routine and predictability are boring. That they are not enough. I kind of am. Hate me or love me for it, I’m being honest.
I’m not saying you should avoid the two and we are all certainly entertained by different things. But if you are looking to shake up the passion inside of you, go try something fucking crazy different.
If you don’t know what your passion is, you’re fed up of looking around and seeing happy people and you’re wondering when it’s your turn… give yourself a chance to find it.
If this post is speaking to you, I mean really speaking to you.
This is your sign. It’s your turn to take a risk.
My life is a prime example of spontaneity and risk.
When I was 18, I didn’t go to university like everyone at my college did. It didn’t feel right, so I didn’t go. I knew I’d find my way, or more importantly I had confidence that I’d find my way and I did.
When I was 19, I met a girl in Spain and spontaneously decided to meet her at the airport months later to travel Asia for 9 weeks together. I fell in love with a boy, with life and with travel. The passion I felt pushed me to share it and so I started a blog.
When I put a backpack on and travelled solo for 5 months last September I quit my eyelash extension business (that had supported my travel career until that point) and decided to throw myself full time into my blog. I was comfortable with my life, but the dream was to take it full time. I knew if I never just ‘did it’ (went full time), it would never happen. So I did. 10 months later, I’m still full time and I’ve moved out of my family home for the first time.
In May, I decided to take on my first big financial responsibility and move to London even though I had no guaranteed salary.
Whilst I may have sacrificed many options for stability and security along the way – in fact most of the way until now – I know that every single day I pursued and continue to pursue happiness and with that I have no regrets at all.
To me, happiness is truly that.
It’s having no regrets and never looking back to wish you had done things differently. That’s not to say you won’t make mistakes, it’s just to say that when you felt that fire in your belly, when your soul called out to you… you chose to pursue it and not to ignore it.
If you are committed enough to your own happiness, no matter what decision you make – the passion within you will find a way to make it work.
You will find a way to make it work.
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