What’s your idea of taking a risk? Bungee jumping or helicopter skiing off the highest peak? Scuba-diving in shark infested waters the way my husband does? I’ve got to wonder why people attempt such daredevil activities. Seeking a thrill and an adrenaline high? Pushing the boundaries and proving they’re invincible?
An author writes her or his novel and then faces the arduous process of risking rejection from agents and publishing houses. Once published, 5-Star reviews on Amazon and other online vendors are like savoring chocolate-covered caramel, but negative reviews can be tough to swallow. I try to shake the dust off and move on. Good reviews are a lovely gift to any author and make it more likely she or he will be able to sell more books in the future. Writing is well worth the risk for me.
Watching the saga of Hurricane Harvey unravel on TV, I’ve seen people risk their lives to save strangers and their pets. I guess we all take risks, although some seem more heroic or reckless than others. Are you a risk-taker? For me, vocal auditions were the scariest risks, and then later getting up on stage and singing, realizing some people in the audience might think my voice stinks. Or I might forget the words. Never happened, fortunately.
What is your comfort level when it comes to risks? I met a young woman yesterday who had fallen off her son’s dirt bike and injured her shoulder and hand badly. Dirt bikes are definitely out of my comfort zone. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? Was it on a physical or personal level? Have you regretted your timidity and wish you’d plunged in and given the endeavor a chance?
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