Taking Chances

Last week, I talked about how I often tend to get introspective around my birthday (and New Years, but that’s a way off yet) and how I had a hard time focusing on the positive. part of that post was a sampling of the things that I came up with that I wanted to see more of.

One of those things was to put myself out there more. Ask for what I wanted. Put the intention out into the Universe.

Part of this implies taking a chance.

Now I realize that I’m in the midst of self-imposed changes (just beginning, actually), but even typing “Taking Chances” made part of my brain go, “Wait, What?”

Empirically, I know that doing anything creative is taking a chance – that is if you’re ever going to show it to anyone.

You never know how it’s going to be received – and that’s a chance you take.

Now I’m going to put my money where my mouth is and say here that, not only am I starting to believe that taking chances can be for the good, but I’m also starting to believe that taking a chance on yourself is absolutely necessary.

And there’s something of a sliding scale at work here. There’s the well researched, diligently studied, carefully thought out kind of chance where you know there are moving parts, and not all of them are under your control, but you know how things are likely to turn out.

And then there’s jumping off the cliff and figuring it out on the way down.

Those are the extreme ends of the scale, but I think that those extremes and every point between are valid choices.

Now I’m not suggesting that there won’t be consequences if a chance fails. This isn’t one of those movies where “Failure is not an option.” It wouldn’t be called a chance if there wasn’t some possibility for failure.

I’m also not suggesting that you should jump off every cliff you meet but, ultimately, making a change, taking a chance on an unknown future is the only way we grow as creatives and as individuals.

Thanks for reading.

Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other.

I’ll see you on Thursday.


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