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On Taking SMALL Risks!

by Pallavi D. Patel
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Whenever the word “risk” pops in my head, my brain starts thinking in terms of Bollywood. Immediately Deepika Padukone flashes before my eyes: on her way to Manali. And Ranbir Kapoor running on a road for a story or going after some blonde chick in an exotic foreign location.

Or maybe Katrina Kaif riding a bike, on her way just to kiss a guy. We have seen all the predictable bollywood risks. Quit your high paying job to become a dancer. Run away exactly when your to-be-spouse has already arrived in the mandap to get married. Or there is always some trip. Goa. Manali. Spain. Corsica. It all depends on the budget of the movie.

When I think about it I realize that I have no high-paying job, so I can’t quit. And if I even suggest not going to some relatives marriage, my mom would kill me,so I would definitely be present in my own marriage. As for Manali- I live near Surat, and I haven’t even been to Dumas on my own. That’s it. Bollywood has clearly taught me that the essentials of taking risks involve hurting and disappointing a lot of loved ones. And a very HUGE amount of money.

So today I am going to talk about risks which do not involve any running away and neither do they require a lot of money. And those risks are small daily life risks. We all know about them. No matter how adventurous or amazing our life is,there are certain things we don’t do. There can be many reasons for it. Lack of resources. Lack of money. But a major and common one is fear. There are many simple things which we are afraid of doing.
When I was a teenager I developed a strange photophopia. I didn’t want to get captured with all the teenage pimples on my face. Getting myself clicked scared the hell out of me. And it was only when my 20s began that I could get over it. ( Now I can even take selfies for hours ) I took a small risk of getting clicked one day and gradually it changed a lot of things.

Similarly there are many things we don’t try doing. Everybody has different fears holding them back. Some people have stage-fears. Some people are afraid of talking in languages other than their native one. There might be someone who wants to put on a bold lipstick shade but won’t due to some unknown fear. Or maybe they want to wear a little black dress instead of their staple jeans and Tshirts but is scared of the change.

I am sure you also have such small fears. And to overcome these small fears, I would suggest that we try to take small risks on a regular basis. Try a different type of clothing. Visit a new place. Talk in a language in which you aren’t very comfortable. Enter a competition, throw a challenge at that stage fear. Put on that bold red lipstick if you want to. And wear that little black dress, it will make you look hot as hell. And sing if you want to, even if your voice shakes. Don’t wait for someone to address you.Talk to that person first. Also tell your parents that you don’t want to get married- it’s a way smaller risk than running away from the wedding.

If there’s even a slight chance at getting something that will make you happy. RISK IT. Life’s too short and happiness is too rare.

-A. R. Lucus

The benefits of taking such small risks are many. Firstly I just love that toofani adrenaline rush it gives. Oh the excitement of doing something new! It feels just great! Also it expands our comfort zone, and spices up our lives and makes living more interesting. After all, who wants their life to be monotonous, boring and predictable?

Also it may not always go well. Sometimes it will leave you embarrassed. It may not impress some people.When I was very young I saw Cameron Diaz flipping her hairs in a scene in Charlie’s Angels. And I so wanted that hairstyle. So one fine day I got it, and realized that it’s way too short to suit me. But thankfully my hairs grew back. But no regrets, in the end I guess the experience was worth it. I would urge you to follow your intuition while taking risks. The good and the bad thing about small risks is-the effects aren’t permanent. You can always start afresh.

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were afraid to have, the decisions we waited to long to make.

-Lewis Carroll

So that’s all for today. If you have taken such small risks in past, or if you have any daily life small fears which you would like to overcome, do share them in the comments! Or do you know more interesting Bollywood risks? Do mention! So take small risks, feel toofani on a regular basis and spice up your life!
Adios! Happy Reading!

P.S. Here’s some advice from the coolest Godfather in the literary history!

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Aejal Patel March 25, 2018 - 4:34 pm

This post was amusing and connecting. It is the small risks I need to overcome before I am ready to take the big ‘tufaani’ risk. I have many fears to overcome but the ones I would like to mention talking to people in a big group ie. stage fear. I have been to a stage many times but everytime I go there, its a new battle for me.

The bollywood risk which comes to mind is Pareeniti Chopra running away from her father’s house after stealing A LOT of money from her father , no less on her sister’s marriage, twice!

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Pallavi Patel March 25, 2018 - 5:21 pm

And falling in love with sister’s fiancé…who does that😊😊

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Hitesh March 25, 2018 - 4:53 pm

I will tell you how i will feel about the tiny risk ,i am about to take it on the upcoming cultural fest.
Not sure if i will go for it or not.When i does,i will write it over here

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Pallavi D. Patel
Pallavi D. Patel March 26, 2018 - 5:58 am

All the best for it! I hope it goes great for you.😊

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swapnil shimpi March 25, 2018 - 10:43 pm

Verry nice…keep up the good work …

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Pallavi D. Patel
Pallavi D. Patel March 26, 2018 - 5:59 am

Thank you Swapnil.☺

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PATEL BHARGAV March 25, 2018 - 11:53 pm

hello Pal Di … what’s up ???… i hope you are doing well …i like your articles… it’s all are outstanding articles …gajab k writer ho aap… Can you write a post on how to deal with exam pressure? … I am very sad in the pressure of examinations right now … how to deal with this … If you write, you will be very thankful… i hope u read and write something new for me and other peoples … it It will benefit us… take care bye

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Pallavi D. Patel
Pallavi D. Patel March 26, 2018 - 6:01 am

Hey Bhargav!
I am glad you like my articles.☺
I too suffer from exam pressure. I will try and find some tips for both of us.

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Sanket kanade March 26, 2018 - 12:31 am

I m gonna take a small risk
Ty@pallvi patel (half period)

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Pallavi D. Patel March 26, 2018 - 6:02 am

I hope it goes great for you Sanket.☺

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Hrutweej March 26, 2018 - 12:39 am

This is the first thing I’m reading of yours. The article was definitely good at explaining the purpose.
I liked the bollywood risks examples, they were good enough to explain the right emotion for that.
And I would like to have those small risks part on implementing in near future, and think that it will be useful for me.
At last good work..
happy writing !!

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Pallavi D. Patel
Pallavi D. Patel March 26, 2018 - 6:03 am

Thank you so much Hrutweej!🙂

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Nikita March 30, 2018 - 7:19 pm

The Best Enth blog 🙂

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Pallavi D. Patel March 31, 2018 - 11:04 am

🙂

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Paresh Patil March 31, 2018 - 2:58 pm

The writings r great !!
I enjoyed reading it even though its not the subject im interested
.keep on writing☺

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Pallavi D. Patel
Pallavi D. Patel March 31, 2018 - 10:55 pm

Thank you Paresh!🙂

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Usama shaikh April 20, 2018 - 3:19 pm

I like u r article ……i m going to take a risk …..

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Pallavi D. Patel
Pallavi D. Patel April 20, 2018 - 4:01 pm

All the best! ☺

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Lee Bailey June 8, 2018 - 7:35 pm

l’m moving for 4 months and it’s safe to say I have been worried that I’ll have to merge with new people, Thankyou from the bottom of my heart. I have enough courage to take this small gamble. Your blog is quiet a life saver I’ll share it with my friends too. Thankyou Pallavi.

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Pallavi D. Patel
Pallavi D. Patel October 14, 2018 - 6:04 pm

Hey Lee!
I guess you must have moved back by now. How was your experience?
I apologize this took so much time, I hope your life brought you many amazing experiences these past months.
Stay blessed!☺😇

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