Tak­ing chances

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

WHEN given a chance, any chance to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing or be some­thing you have al­ways wanted to be, would you take it? Will you say yes in­stan­ta­neously? Will there be no doubt in your mind nor any pa­ram­e­ters you need to con­sider first be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion? Would you be ab­so­lutely sure about tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity when it comes?

About three weeks ago, I was faced with same predica­ment. An un­ex­pected sur­prise pre­sented it­self to me two days be­fore Christ­mas. Of course I was happy but at the same time, wary about the pos­si­ble chal­lenges that came with it. Rather than stress over it, I had de­cided to shut the idea down to spare my­self the trou­ble. Oh but it wasn’t go­ing to be that easy. My Mom made it sure that I had made the right de­ci­sion and made it clear that there are cer­tain op­por­tu­ni­ties that you do not ig­nore not walk away from be­cause th­ese chances can only come once in a life­time. And I am glad that I lis­tened. Had I passed the chance up, I would have re­gret­ted it for the rest of my life!

It may have meant step­ping out of the box for me but it was worth all the wor­ry­ing and the ner­vous an­tic­i­pat­ing that I had to go through. Along with the amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences came the un­par­al­leled in­sight and lessons that I learned from it, things that can only make you a bet­ter per­son. The ex­pe­ri­ence turned out to be one of the best things that has ever hap­pened to me and I can proudly say that I have gained so much from it and will cher­ish its mem­ory for the rest of my life. I may not be al­ways say yes to op­por­tu­ni­ties of self-bet­ter­ment, but I am al­ways thank­ful for be­ing asked.

Tak­ing chances is never easy but once in a while, you just need to do it. Some­times we need to get past the queasy feel­ing and em­brace it bravely and then wish for the best! It may feel un­com­fort­able but you just need to brace your­self for what’s com­ing! Try to think pos­i­tive and fo­cus on the good that can come out of it!

It is a great feel­ing, over­com­ing that doubt. When you gather that strength to act bravely on the op­por­tu­nity that has knocked on your door is prob­a­bly one of the great­est feel­ing in the world! Af­ter all, it is over easy to ac­cept fail­ure when it does hap­pen. But really, we should not think about neg­a­tive out­comes. We should re­main hope­ful that things are meant to give us sun­shine in our lives and bring smiles to our faces!

Why else should we take chances? Be­cause not tak­ing risks can end up with us re­gret­ting that we never took any risks at all! It is a big part of our lives and an im­por­tant of liv­ing as op­posed to merely ex­ist­ing. It makes us come alive, al­lows us to learn im­por­tant lessons in life as well as learn about our­selves even more than we think we al­ready know. It al­lows us to spread our wings wider, un­der­stand life bet­ter and per­haps even build our self con­fi­dence even more. We just need to un­der­stand that in life there will al­ways be risks so when we choose to take that leap of faith, we also ac­cept the fact that there may be heartaches along the way.

Yes there will be mis­takes. But rather than feel bad about it, think of it as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. When­ever you fail at some­thing, do not de­spair for too long. You can cry over it, feel bad about it but af­ter that, get up and try again. It really is okay to not get it right the first time. Or the sec­ond or third, etc. The most im­por­tant thing is that you tried and keep try­ing. You will learn so much from it and find other ways to achieve it un­til you get it right!

Yes it might mean sac­ri­fic­ing other things. Maybe you need to give up time or a fa­vorite thing to do. But th­ese may be nec­es­sary to give way to bet­ter things that will al­low you to do more in the fu­ture do take it with a grain of salt and a lot of pos­i­tiv­ity!

It’s okay to put your­self out there. Peo­ple will al­ways have their own opin­ions but they should not bother you that much. What mat­ters most is how YOU feel and what you can get out of the ex­pe­ri­ence in the long run. Be­lieve me, when you muster that courage to take the chance, you will feel a sense of pride and achieve­ment that you did it de­spite of ev­ery­thing that seemed to keep you from try­ing it all. You will re­al­ize that you did good and will cher­ish the mem­ory for the rest of your life!

Happy Sun­day Ev­ery­one!!! :)

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