I've not always been a risk taker. But recently, I turned 30 and have began pondering the questions that could potentially drive a person insane like, what are my life goals? How do I make a difference? You know, the deep philosophical questions that, at times, can seem just a bit cliche'.
As a little girl, I always imagined I would make a difference in the world. That I would help create or make or do something big. At 30, I think of what I've done to influence others and my personal accomplishments. I might have rescued a few cats, been nice to people, given words of wisdom, but on the grand scale of things, can I really say that I've made a difference in the world? Sometimes, one can't focus on the big things. Sometimes, a person should tally all the small good things because those add up too. I am not very religious, but I do feel like the universe gives back to those who do good and positive things for others.
My goal isn't to cure diseases (I am so not qualified for that!), but rather, influence and help change people's lives in a positive manner. When I am no longer here, I hope people can look back and talk about all the good that I did because death is inevitable. What we do today, shapes our future tomorrow. I want to pound the pavement and leave my imprint.
So the non-risk taker is ready to take risks. Does that mean search for a new day job where I am happier? Where I can touch people's life's positively? Write a million books? Plant thousands of trees? Rescue a dozen cats? I am not sure yet, but I am ready to jump off the building and hope to land among the stars in the universe.
The great search begins...