Risks are the fundamental nature of life. In the beginning, they are our instinct. We learn to crawl despite the bruises we receive when we tip over. We learn to walk despite the many falls we take. But as we get older and gain a better understanding of the world around us, somewhere alog the way we come across a failure. At that point, many people try to eliminate most risks from their life. But where would we be without our sense of exploration, our drive to try new things regardless of the trouble that await us? That is the attitude all of the great thinkers of our society have.
There's nothing saying that we have to take risks, but the lives and writings of many people who have reached the end of their lives with a great deal of regret over untaken risks shows us that risk is something that can transform our lives. Risk makes us grow in many ways; it helps us to mature and to learn and to become stronger, wiser people than we were before.
I come from a family that has taken many risks that have developed who I am today. My grandma grew up in a small town named Enna, a city in central Sicily. She had a rough life there, living in poverty. Forced out of her home by the local militia, she had to find a new home, so she moved to Southern Italy to join some other family. This was during World War II so life was extremely tough there as well. She held secret prayers at night whenever she could with other locals.
My grandma came to this country with my mom when she was 4 years old despite what the rest of her family told her. They thought that leaving Italy was the only way ot preserve the family. She had had enough of their hardships back in Italy and decided to risk it and start a new life in America.
That was her time, and now I am at a critical junction in my life. One that is quite different from what my other family went through, but as of equal importance.
Taking the risk and dedicating the next four years...