Are you risk-averse? Or are you a risk taker like I am? Wanna know my opinion about these two groups of people? Read on...
First off, life is full of opportunities for you to make decisions, small and big ones. You decide what to eat on breakfast, you decide what time to go to bed, you choose to go to or skip school, you decide whether to go bungee-jumping, its all about decisions. We may rarely be aware, but there are consequences to whatever choice we make, but most of the time, we try to convince ourselves that what we did was right. But is it really right? Well, nothing is objective in life
There will always be some point in life that you have to make life-changing decisions that will not only affect yourself, but will also affect the people around you. I know many who chose to shy away from the challenge and pick a sort of win-win solution. But who are you fooling? This "win-win" solution is just a temporary remedy, in the long run, you will still be faced with the same challenge. You will also realize how much you have lost, by choosing not to take the leap. By then, its too late to go back, what's done is done This leads me to telling you why I am a risk taker
The truth is, there is really not a safe solution to anything you decide to do, what you think is safe, is only a method to mitigate the consequences, something to sort of dilute the effects and cushion the fall a bit, but will not prevent you from falling either way
Of course, when I talk about taking risks or choosing the road less taken, it does not mean that you just jump at every opportunity you come across coz that's just plain stupidity What I'm talking about here is how to minimize the consequences and maximize the benefits, and still not look like a coward haha There are always ways to calculate the cost and benefit of something, no matter how unquantifiable it is. You just have to view things objectively, and make sure you remain neutral throughout the entire decision process Try to minimize emotional factors as much as possible, because when you take a risk, you want it to be worthwhile, and not just an act of impulse
I don't understand why I have the tendency to choose to try out new things not because many have tried it, but because few has every tried it Is that an inner yearning to stand out from the rest?
The biggest decision I've ever made in my life as of now, is the decision to study abroad. As early as the first year of university, I already knew that I have to go somewhere, now or sometime in the future. Now the difficult part is how, when, and where? You know how Asian parents tend to be strict and over-protective, so I am constantly having to face situations where I need to think of reasons valid enough to persuade my parents Shall I say I have become sort of a master in that arena? hahaha Anyway...! Now I am set for Sweden, even if its just a short 2 years time, I hope that window of opportunity will still be open for me I am constantly being questions why I chose Sweden. Well, I see every good in every bad someone else sees, about Sweden. I have my reasons and I am not about to let someone else run my life. Why should I go to US? Why UK, Canada? Coz everyone is going there? haha no thanks! I will always choose the road less taken
Perhaps you would think, how is studying abroad such a big decision to make? It's just a matter of yes or no and the country to go to should not be so hard to decide But I tell you, I have many friends who are reluctant to take this leap, even if it equates to a better future, livelihood, than they currently have. Why? Certainly not because of lacking in the financial aspect, but more on the "I cannot leave my family behind." notion. Yes, the way we are brought up, we tend to be close to our family members. But these kind of situations will always end up knocking at your door throughout your life You dodge it once, twice, but not thrice. At some point in life, someone you care for and love will leave this world before you do, and you are confronted with the situation of having to put yourself together and move on with life. So why not enjoy life while you are still young and energetic? Leave the homesickness and dependency behind, live your life, and live it to the fullest. You have plenty of years left in lift to spend with your family anyway, when you reach your fifties or so. It's always better that way than spending 80% of your lifetime in a pension house regretting of not ever having fun with life
In light of this entire article, I want to commend those you took the leap. Whether you flew or you fell after that, don't worry, taking the leap is the most important step and you did it Enjoy every little thing you feel during the leap; the wind, the sensation, and feeling of freedom. By then, you know that you have done something right in life
To my friend Nikko, who is in London studying and working himself to death, never look back, just keep moving forward and one day you will see light ahead. To my friends who are too afraid to take the leap, you better start thinking over that decision again, stop worrying so much, grab what is rightfully yours. If you don't do it now, you will never get the chance again. Soon we will all be tied up with a family, work, and everything frustrating
Motto of the day: Live, laugh, love. [/I]