Folgendem Gedicht von Janet Rand begegnete ich während meines Auslandstudiums in Vaasa, Finnland. Damals wie heute, Risiken machen das Leben erst lebenswert.

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 and love. Chained by his certitude, he is a slave, he has forfeited his freedom.

Only the person who risks is truly free.

Janet Rand

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