My Healthy Risks

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Normally we think of risk-taking as unwise. But healthy risks exist. These are things like playing sports, or auditioning for a play. I wouldn’t consider myself a risk-taker these days, though I took many unsafe risks in my early 20s: brought strange men home; got inside a taxicab numerous times while completely drunk and alone (I could’ve been murdered!); took drugs I was given at a party or while hanging out with a group, not knowing what they or their effects were. After I was diagnosed and stable, I stopped taking these types of risks.

I had a full-time job, but it was a dead-end job. I took a risk and returned to school. I went full-time, though I still had a part-time job. The reason I believe this was a healthy risk was because it was mentally challenging. By earning my degree I had the potential to get ahead in life. Then I graduated, and headed to graduate school (another risk) where I met my husband (yet another risk).

I remember the first time I saw him. It was during orientation. He was sitting a few rows ahead of me and a new friend. My friend called him Adonis Boy (AB). Lol! I reluctantly agreed that he was cute with his blue eyes and curly blond hair, but didn’t want anything to do with him. I was there for school and school only.

When we broke for lunch, most of the students headed to the back of the room where a lunch spread was laid out. Over the potato salad, AB and I stood across the table from one another. In my mind I once again agreed with my friend that this young man was cute, but I wasn’t looking for a relationship.

He and I had a class together, and got to know our classmates and we all started hanging out. At some point AB asked me out to dinner. I was recently divorced, but I took the risk. It was a healthy one. Now we’ve been together for 20 years, and married for 16!


What are some healthy risks you’ve taken?

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I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!

4 thoughts on “My Healthy Risks

  1. First, I’d just like to say that you and your husband make an adorable couple! Secondly, I’m so glad you didn’t end up murdered.
    I think when we are younger we take a lot of risks because we don’t look a the broad spectrum of consequences. I seriously would take up the comment section if I were to list all the risky crap I did when I was younger. But, here are just a few.
    Drugs (upper’s, downer’s, mushrooms, and naturally weed) Stupid shit included my friends in my senior year of high school, playing it off like we were from other countries picking up guys. We were taken to their apartment and luckily were able to escape unharmed. Being afraid of heights and hang gliding in Colorado.
    Again, many, many more stupid things. How I survived most of it is beyond me. LOL!

    1. Thank you, and thank you! I honestly didn’t think that I’d live past 27, but here I am! You’re right about younger folks being reckless. I wonder how many of those reckless ones are mentally ill today. I’m glad you survived your adventures!

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