“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears” Nelson Mandela
Packing up my life in Melbourne and moving to London has by far been the biggest risk that I have ever taken. It’s not easy to say goodbye to friends, family, a stable job, financial stability, your lifestyle and the familiarity of home, yet so many of us who do it each year know that it’s a risk worth taking for the amazing adventures and priceless life experiences that await us on the other side.
I’ve very recently decided to take a few massive risks in my life that will be playing out over the next couple of months and I won’t lie, I’m pretty nervous, excited and petrified all at the same time and these feelings take me back to 2 years ago when I first moved to the other side of the world. Making the decision to take a huge leap of faith into the unknown is one of the scariest things we can do as it tends to go against all our natural human instincts of building a secure life.
So why do we do it? For the nervous excitement of unknown adventure that lies ahead. The adrenalin of building a new life from scratch any way you want it. The intoxicating speculation that comes with not having a clue about what you’re life is going to entail 6 months from now. Diving into the unknown is scary as hell, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things in life and it will definitely be something that you can only grow from.
“Take risks. If you win, you will be happy; If you lose, you will be wise”
The best things in life happen when we step outside our comfort zone and I encourage everyone to step outside of theirs every once in while, whether it be to shake things up and reawaken your passion for life or to learn something new about yourself and the world around you. Don’t be scared to fail, be scared to never try!
I will keep you all posted on how my risk-taking turns out, whether it be a little motivational storytelling session or a ‘live and learn’ lecture. I’m working hard towards the former but even if I fail, I know I’ll be better off for just trying in the first place rather than living with regret and always thinking ‘what if?’. If there’s anything I’ve learned in my 27 years it’s that we shouldn’t be scared to take a risk, make a change and follow our hearts, we need to embrace it to truly live a life with no regrets.
Wish me luck on my mission and I wish you all luck on your journeys too!
When was the last time that you stepped out of your comfort zone and how did it turn out? I’d love to hear your stories and thoughts.