The Biggest Risk Of All

One of the greatest things I have learned in life is the willingness to try new things and to not let the fear of risking it all, keep me from trying.

I have made a lot of risky decisions in my life, every one of which (thankfully), have had positive outcomes, became pivotal moments in my life, and made me grow as a human being, a wife, a mother, and a friend.

But that does not mean that I don’t still get scared, that I don’t doubt or question myself about what I am doing.

Like right now…lol

But here I am again, trying to be successful and learn something completely new to me. Risking a lot more than ever this time.

We just need to remember that it’s okay to have those days of doubt, and fear, but what’s important is that you’re strong enough and positive enough to keep going, keep trying, and keep risking it all to get where you want to go.

This reminded me that, I’m okay. I’m going to be okay. I am doing the right thing.


To stand at the edge of
the sure and the unsure,
the here and the who knows,
the safe and the shaking in your boots,
is to stand where life

It is in that exact space
(some might call it
sacred space)
where hope lives
and breathes.

For that is the very point
dreams can launch
or love begin;
where freedom can start
or healing take root.

But it is also—
just as easily—
where all of it can come crashing
depending on an endless variation
of things we can
and cannot

Because the thing about risk is
there’s no guarantee,
no warranty,
no crystal ball,
and sometimes,
no turning back.

You might win,
you might succeed,
you might soar and thrive.

But you might also fail,
or flail,
or fall flat on your face.

It might hurt.
It might take your breath
or your pride away.
It might leave you with
a mess.
A rejection.
A scar.
A whole new definition
of fear.

And, if you take enough
it probably will.

But, if you take enough
it probably will
do something else to you
as well.

It will show you that
you can survive.
You are strong.

And it might just give you
the courage to risk

What I know for sure is that,
some days,
for some of us,
it’s a risk just to get up in the morning.
It’s a risk to love.
To forgive.
To hope.
To say yes.
To say no.
To start.
To stop.
To show up.
To leave.
To believe.
To try again.

But what I also know is that
of what is
good and real
in life
lies on the other side of
that line—

where fear and courage meet,
where peace and peril mix,
where chance and challenge call—

and to never
step across
would be the biggest risk
of all.

By – Julie Rybarczyk