This chapter really got me thinking about what risk means. I have an odd relationship with risks. I do not like risks yet do not lead my life like someone who has an aversion to risks. People are usually surprised when I say I am not a risk taker by nature, and usually point to half a dozen examples of things I have done in my life that indicate I am not afraid of risk.
This dissonance lies in the fact that when the risk is big I somehow do not see it as a risk conceptually. In practice this means I do not view big decisions that are inherently risky as risks – usually I see them as opportunities for change. And, invariably, I look back several years later and am like “wait, how did I not view this situation as a huge risk?”
That is the good news about me and risk. The bad news is that as I get older, I feel myself get more and more entrenched in routines. I am discovering that big decisions (like grad school, law school, graduations, jobs) become fewer and far between as one gets older, and as such there are fewer built-in opportunities for risks. I know I will need to push myself more to keep taking risks. In fact, that is the biggest insight I got out of this chapter.
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