To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self
To place your ideas and your dreams
before the crowd is to risk being called naive.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken,
because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing,is nothing and becomes nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but he simply cannot learn, feel,change,grow or love.
Chained by his attitude he is a slave,
he has forfeited is freedom.
Only the person who risks is truly free !
~ Author Unknown ~
(doorgegeven door Ben Fogle in 'Castaway 2000')