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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.
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!