The Price of Failure: Why Freedom is Not Desired By Many

Rolling Dice

 

I had a conversation with a friend today about stepping out on your own. He thought I was very “dangerous” to want to do things on my own, and not really have a defined plan. I realize a lot of people feel this way, and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to handle this common conversational question.

Him:but doesn’t security and predictability make you feel all safe and warm”

Me:hahah! you would think, but I’m afraid of security allowing me to stay at a level of mediocrity. I feel there’s always an end to everything, so if I keep changing it up, an end is undefinable unless I want to define it?”

Him:lol you’re willfully avoiding the fear of major event changes by doing them yourself, crafty!”

I guess he’s right. The reason why I chose the less traveled, more beaten up path is because I seemingly believe that I have more control. In reality I think it’s just knowing that I have more of a control because I believe in the power of the mind, and doing something that’s more defined by my purpose and life’s mission. I’m not saying that working is the weaker path, cause it’s not. I respect those that can wake up every day and go into work, but what I can’t seem to get is when people choose to not do something because of a risk of failure, when you risk failure each and every time you blink your eye, open up your mouth, or even just wake up. But the greater the risk, the greater the reward, and that’s what’s worth it to me.

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

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