To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To play your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try to is risk failure…
…but risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. One may avoid some suffering and sorrow but one simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live and love. Chained by one’s certitudes, one is a slave, one has forfeited freedom.
Only one who risks…is truly FREE.