Taking a risk is always the same thing as jumping into the unknown with blindfolded eyes.
Taking a risk is scary
…and it’s even more scary when you’ve got a lot to lose.
Making major life changes is a risk. Love is a risk. Relationships of any kind are a risk. But isn’t love always worth it?
It’s scary as hell when you’ve actually got everything, but you feel the need to change something in your life anyway. Then you have to make the decision. Will you stay in your comfort zone or will you dare to break out of it?
You will only move forward when you take that risk though, because nothing will evolve in your bubble of safety, ever.
Sometimes you will even have to transform yourself in order to change anything at all.
My personal story of taking a risk
The overnight desicion
I can tell from a personal experience that taking a risk sometimes is the best thing you can ever do. It might be scary and even be something that makes others think that you’ve lost your mind completely. Your logical mind might scream ‘This is so stupid’, but your heart yells ‘Whatever, let’s do this!’ and then you can get into a hard conflict with yourself.
But I’ve always been a supporter of following my heart, so I’d always choose my intuition over my logical mind.
I took a spontaneous risk a few years ago, back in 2009. I decided that I wanted to live in Stockholm for a little while, and made that decision to leave not more than 2 days before actually leaving. I had known that I wanted to live abroad for severeal years already, and I also had been saving money for an occasion like this, but it wasn’t clear at all WHEN this would happen. I was surprised myself when my spontaneous journey took me to Sweden, literally over night…
I booked a flight, went to Stockholm impromptu, having not much more than my bag, a little money and my camera with me. All I had was a booked hotel room for one night only. I had no idea what I wanted up there in Sweden, or how long I would stay. I even left a job here in Germany and decided to simply let life unfold from now on. I simply knew that I had to take that risk, otherwise I’d regret not doing it for the rest of my life.
The adventure begins
As I have family in Sweden, I’m familiar with the language, so communication was no problem at all. Yet I wanted to make my own way through this adventure.
Of course reality and trouble already hit me on my second day when I realized that I wouldn’t have any place to stay the following nights. All hotels in Stockholm seemed to have been overbooked because of the start of the holiday-season, and that’s why I had to take the last rundown room for the next night and share it with 15 other strangers – which I wasn’t very happy about at all.
But this was exactly where I met a girl being in a very similar situation, looking for an apartment, just like me. She was German, and when I entered the room she was talking on the phone to a guy who wanted to rent out a room. He wanted to meet her and give her in a few days and give her the keys then, because he was still abroad.
She hung up and we started to talk to each other about our similar situation. She said that the guy on the phone had offered her some free tickets for a 3-day ferry trip to Finland (starting the next day) which he couldn’t attend to because he wouldn’t make it back in time. She wanted to go and asked me to come with her. I instantly said yes, before I even knew her name. At least I’d have a place to sleep for the next two nights, I thought…. And I had a good gut feeling. My intuition told me that I shouldn’t be worried.
There comes more…
The funny thing was that the guy on the phone told us that his friend, who also had the tickets, would come with us and share the room on the boat with us, because he originally had planned to go with him. So we ended up meeting this stranger (who also was a German) at the harbour the next day and (luckily) he seemed really nice and OK to spend a whole trip with across the Baltic Sea.
We had a really good time and quickly became friends. Maybe also because this whole incident was so crazy and unbelievable. We talked and laughed a lot during the boat trip and got entertained with Finnish karaoke and free drinks at the bar all night long.
I wasn’t alone on my adventure anymore, and I obviously managed to attract the right people and situations into my life that I really needed at that time. All just because I dared to take a risk.
Doors wide open
After the funny, short trip to Helsinki we arrived in Stockholm again. One thing led to another and we helped each other out until I found a little room in a small house to stay in, where 9 other people lived with me. It was a babypink wooden house with a pink cherry blossom tree standing in front of it, exploding in flowers. Very comfortable and cute with great ‘neighbours’. After two weeks I had to move to another apartment again, but this time I was able to stay for a few months during the summer time in Sweden.
I finally had plenty of time to be creative (for example to paint, create, live, explore the city and the nature around it). I still didn’t even know what I wanted up there in Sweden though – maybe I wanted to make new friends, maybe to clear my mind, and maybe to find myself.
Well, all of that happened. I had time to ponder about relationships, about the people in my life, real friends and energy sucking behaviours. Back then I didn’t practice Yoga yet, but I learned so much about a lifestyle that might be called ‘yogic’. I lived absolutely in the now and got a taste of what it means to be completely present. To take life as it came, and to welcome whatever it had to offer me was thrilling.
To live in the now is a wonderful experience that opens doors you can’t even imagine.
Long story short
The months I spent in Sweden and this crazy trip on the boat to Finland with two strangers made some of the best memories I have. I wasn’t too sad when my time in Sweden ended. Instead I was more than grateful that I was brave enough to take the risk to do something really ‘stupid’. And beleive me when I say that I still live off that experience today. The time ending was bittersweet and made my return to everyday life in Germany easy, because my whole worldview shifted. I somehow gained a lighter perspective on everything.
It’s adventures like these that still blow my mind today. Uncontrollable and unforseeable journeys are definitely worth going on.
I had the chance to simply let life take me wherever it wanted to take me, day by day, and I learned something for life: that taking a risk is a good thing. Because stepping into the dark can lead to greater light.
These are experiences that noone can tell you about – you have to live them.
Why taking a risk is a good thing
Taking a risk….
- makes you uncover unforeseen opportunities
- makes you more self confident
- makes you break through self-imposed limits
- makes you explore yourself and know about your deepest feelings and thoughts
- makes you more independent
- makes you happy
- makes you live in the now
- makes you learn to trust the unknown
- makes you explore new skills
- makes you follow your passion
- creates change
- makes you feel alive
- makes you creative and spontaneous
- creates clarity about what you want and don’t want
- makes new friends and creates experiences with people
Even if the choice to take a risk turned out to be ‘wrong’ – you tried it anyway, and you will always be wiser with lots of experience afterwards.
All photos by www.bsx-world.com / taken in Småland, Sweden