While attending the BlissDom Canada conference at Hotel X Toronto recently there was a Fall for Local mini market set up in the hotel gallery. I decided to take a look around and was immediately drawn to this art print by Other Life Lessons which says “Take the risk.” I came home with that print and now need to find a great frame to hang it on the wall in my office.
Take the risk. It’s such a simple message and yet it’s had quite an impact on me. I feel like this message is one that keeps coming up in my life, especially since being laid off last spring. The past several months I’ve been on a quest to figure out what to do next in my career, and with dozens and dozens of jobs applied to, I still find myself unemployed. It’s led me to ask myself this question: am I taking risks?
I’ve never been a fan of the unknown, which when you think about it is quite silly since nobody really knows what lies ahead in their life. But what can I say? I’m a planner, a creature of habit, and definitely someone who gets set in a routine.
It’s funny how I’m always yearning for change in my life, and yet when I really reflect on my personality and characteristics, there is one conclusion that I come up with: I always seem to stay in my comfort zone.
Which brings me back to why I was drawn to that art print and the message on it. Take the risk. If I truly want to experience real change in my life I need to step out of this box I’ve created for myself and just get out there. Sure, I’ve made some decisions in the past that were out of my comfort zone — like starting this blog, and signing up to do my yoga teacher training — and they’ve proven to be experiences that bring me so much joy, learning, and growth. Here’s what they have in common: I have no idea where these ventures will take me, and I’m fine with that. In fact, I find it very exciting.
I believe that’s what prompted me to buy my new wall art to hang in my workspace. By having a daily reminder to take the risk I may continue to have the courage to be ambitious, and possibly even uncover more adventures to experience. Even if I don’t know where the journey will lead me, it’s a chance I’m willing to take.