(Positive Pic Of the Day) PPOD #6: Taking Chances

Would you go through this gateway without hesitation? Will you take the chance to see what’s on the other side?

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Taking a risk can be scary, especially if we’ve failed many times before. Have you ever wanted to apply for a job but were afraid of being rejected? Do you avoid emotional connections because you’re afraid of getting hurt? Are you afraid to try something new because you’re afraid to fail? Taking chances can be rewarding or upsetting. It can make us better and stronger or it can weaken and jade us from trying again.

I’ve had many trials and failures in the past but I’m glad I didn’t quit. If I hadn’t taken the chance, I never would have met my husband, got the job I love or find a new passion (blogging).

I’ve been married a couple times of times so I was hesitant to put myself out there again. It’s so much trouble to get to know someone again and for them to get to know me. Another new personality to adjust to. Another baggage? If I hadn’t taken the chance, I would not be happily married now.

Before I retired, my Commanding Officer asked what I wanted to do next. I said I wanted to be a Zumba instructor. While other co-workers were retiring to do greater things and make more money, all I wanted to do was dance. I’ve always loved dancing and fell in love when I discovered Zumba. I thought it would be cool to be an instructor. Then, my inner voice told me “what If I can’t remember the steps or what if they don’t like my class? What if I suck at this?” I waited a year after I got my license before I finally had the nerve to give my business card to a gym manager. I was surprised to have been hired the same day. This forced me to start teaching. It went better than expected and I love this job! I only work once or twice a week (currently, I’m on a health break) and the pay is not that much but it’s something that makes me happy and makes the people in class happy as well.

A friend mentioned blogging two years ago. He said I should blog about my travels. I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t know where to begin so I put it out of my mind. Necessity made me find out more about blogging. I got scammed creating a logo and it hurt my pride but it wasn’t enough to stop me. My need for an outlet exceeded my shame. Now, my life feels less monotonous. My outlook has become more positive and I look forward to finding the next source of happiness in my day.

The point of all this is we will never know if we don’t try. The worst thing that can happen is we fail. Get back up! It didn’t kill us, so we get another chance to try again. We might get more “no” than “yes” but how can we get the answer if we don’t ask. The best thing about taking chances is we can discover something new and become braver and eventually take bigger risks.

So if you want to find out what’s on the other side of that gateway, take a step closer and take a risk. You might just discover a whole new world!