There’s a definite distinction between those who are risk-takers and those who are not. We all play different roles in life, but we know who we are. If you pursue risks, you defy fear to gain experience. If you don’t, you respect fear as a survival instinct. However, it’s not as simple as defining yourself as belonging to one category or another.
To an extent, exploration is key to leading a fulfilling lifestyle. If we fear what is unknown to us, we limit our capacity for discovery. Consequently, we limit our experiences and knowledge. In contrast, if we pursue every adventure we conjure up, we put our lives at risk.
We are all subjected to basic risks of our environment (the commute to work) and our company (the intentions of others.) Despite this, we often pursue other risks just for fun. Most of us are under the impression that life without risks would be bland, yet there are always ways to have fun without risks. Our personalities dictate whether we are likely to have fun without taking risks.
Do we pursue more risks when we feel that we have nothing to lose?
Do the risks we take reflect the value we place on our lives?
Do we feel guilty when we pursue unnecessary risks?
Do the laws that are designed to protect us from risks encourage us to pursue risks out of rebellion?
Do our lifestyles dictate our behavior more than our personalities?
How much are our risk-related actions influenced by others?
Lots of unanswered questions.
© Alexis Jenny, 2010-2011.