The other day I was listening to a podcast in where the interviewee said one of the most profound quotes that she’s let guide her life is "We must risk delight" by Rumi. It struck a chord with me. (Fun fact: I’ve been pretty obsessed with quotes since high school. My Pinterest board dedicated to them is one of my favorites and I still love mulling over moving quotes to this day when I come across one that speaks to me and makes me stop and think.)
Back to the quote…
You see, I’m a relatively risk adverse person. I’m a rule follower to a T and rather conservative when it comes to making decisions. (When I was deciding to make one of my biggest risks of all, I planned and plotted for six months to do so!) But when I look back in life my biggest risks have also been my most meaningful. Going to California for college, moving to New York at 25, deciding to work for myself…all of those decisions felt very scary when I was making them. The fear of the unknown would rattle me deeply. But each of those risks have paid off in such beneficial ways that I now can’t imagine having taken them!
The risk truly often is worth the reward and it had me thinking all weekend about things I’d do if I didn’t let fear get in the way. For someone who is rather Type A this can be an interesting exercise- HA!
So this Monday let’s play a little game: what would you risk for delight…? What’s something you would do if fear weren’t a factor? Do tell!
I’ll go first: I’d move to Brooklyn and into an apartment by myself.