I am sure all my loyal readers are wondering if I am still alive since I have not written in a while. Worry not I am still here. I was busy exploring The Great Barrier Reef and could not write for two weeks. That is what I wish the reason I couldn’t write was anyway. In reality though, I have just been really busy. That whole business about Filling Up Your Plate finally caught up with me. I also had midterms which made me rediscover how productive the library could make me. Now I am on Spring Break for a much needed week off and plenty of time to write.
Spring Break is a time where many college kids go crazy and do a whole lot of fun, and stupid, stuff. Spring Break reminds us that we are young, that we have to live life, and that we need to take chances. I, not being your typical college student (more on that to come), have different plans for Spring Break. By this I mean I do not have plans, unless you consider sitting on your couch hanging out with you dog all day plans. However, this is making me realize that I do need to start taking more chances in life. Whether it be with the classes I take, the opportunities I go after, the events I attend, or the actions I carry out; I need to take more chances.
This was one of my bucket list items for 2013 and I began to follow through on it a little. I took small chances here and there but it’s not enough. I want to take chances with everything. I do not want to be the one holding myself back. How many times in life have you thought to yourself, “it would be so cool to do this,” but never actual did it? For me it has been too many. I am tired of thinking about all the different outcomes that are possible. I am going to start taking those chances and dealing with the outcomes as I get to them. Far too often we think to ourselves about the outcomes when most of the time they turn out fine. Even when they don’t turn out for the best usually nothing really comes about it.
I took a chance recently with something and it didn’t turn out great, but that is just it. Nothing came from it, nothing good or bad. When I was in the midst of it though I did not know how it was going to turn out. I got that nervousness in my stomach. It was the kind of nervousness that most people get before they are about to give a speech. We get this feeling because we don’t know how things are going to work out. However, I rarely get this feel which clearly means I do not take enough chances. After this I discovered I love that feeling. Knowing that you have no control on how things are going to turn out kind of excites me.
Yes, some of you may hate this feeling but there really is no reason to. In fact when you stop trying to control everything and just leave it to chance, that is when the most amazing things can happen. You can end up doing some crazy things that you will never forget. This is what my goal is by taken chances: do something crazy. If someone were to ask me “what is the craziest thing you have done lately?” I want to have a whole list of answers for them. However, when I say crazy I do not mean stupid like getting into fights and getting arrested. What I mean by crazy is doing those things that everyone things about but never actually does such as going up to your boss and demanding a raise, or spending a day off sky diving instead of sitting on the couch, or handing out flowers on Valentine’s Day to random people just to brighten their day.
To some people, these things may not seem crazy. They take chances like this every day and live the way they think. If they think something would be cool to do they take the chance and do it. This is my goal: to take the chance and do it. I want to live my life to the fullest and do those crazy things I think about. I am not going to tell you to do the same thing because it is hard to live the way we think. However I want you to think about one thing, what is the craziest thing you have done lately?