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A Life Worth Risking

- author unknown

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,
To weep is to risk being vulnerable,
To reach out is to risk rejection,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self,
To share your ideas and dreams is to risk their loss,
To love is to risk your heart,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure,
But the free will risk, knowing that the greatest defeat in life is to risk nothing.

Those who risk nothing . . . do nothing, have nothing, and give nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they also avoid learning, changing, growing, loving, and living.

Chained by their need to avoid pain, they are slaves who have forfeited their freedom.

Only those who risk are truly free.