Risky Business

I’m sitting around a table with a group of ladies and we’re asked to rank ourselves in relation to risk.  1 being not at all risky and 10 being absolutely risky…we got everything from a 5 to a rounded up 10 (9.5 wasn’t acceptable).  I was the 9.5 the .5 that I’m not risky is in matters of the heart.  It’s the one place I don’t want to be hurt.  But that is not the point of this story.  Our homework was to do something risky…I don’t always follow directions, and this is one of those times…Being alive is a risk, and so instead of just doing something risky, I’m going to write my opinion of what we’re calling risky business.

We never defined what risk was, so in general, this is my definition :: risk is the possibility of a potentially bad outcome following an event.  Sadly, for all living creatures, life is a risk.  It doesn’t matter what you do or what you don’t do, there can be a bad outcome…you can go to sleep at night in what you think is your perfectly safe house and you can not wake up the next morning due to a horrible murder that took place the night before…risk…the solution, don’t sleep…again risk…let’s say you do get up in the morning, and you get ready for work, you decide whether you want to walk, bike, or drive…each option has it’s own risks…it’s lunch time now and you’re deciding what to eat…do you want the medium or well done hamburger…risk…as you can see, everything is a risk…every move we make, every breath we take…risk is all around…now, I know that’s a bit of a shallow view of the situation, especially since (even though it wasn’t said) we were probably talking about the unnecessary risks in life, but this is what I have to say about the unnecessary risks…

It’s not the risks in life that matter, it’s the end result that matters…which in my beady little mind is equivalent to curiousity…’what happens if’…what is it that we’re trying to obtain by taking the so called risk?  What drives us to seek out the unknown? That’s the meat of the issue that matters more to me than the risk that I may or may not be taking…

Of course, there’s also the matter of how risky is the risk, perhaps that’s what we should be ranking, how risky are the risks you take?  For example, I’m going sky diving for my birthday in the name of wanting to feel the adrenaline rush…the risk, I might not make it out of that experience alive…could i do something less risky to feel a similar if not the same rush, probably…but then this leads into a whole other thought that I have…if I’m going to die (which one day I will, and I’ll be taken when the Lord wants me, no matter what I’m doing), I might as well be doing the stuff I want to try regardless of the risks…