There are some couples that like to rock the boat. They would move out of state, splurge on a big purchase, or go on vacation on a whims notice. These couples are risk takers. They enjoy living on the edge and the uncertainty that comes with it.
I would classify my husband and myself being on the opposite spectrum as a risk manager. A risk manager means you do everything you can to have a plan to mitigate the risk. We have a plan that lays out the best path for peace in our relationship and financial security now and in the future.
However, this year we have made some decisions that would almost classify us as risk takers. From changing jobs, accepting internships in another state for the summer, buying a new car, and making a spontaneous trip to California, we have definitely “rocked our boat”.
As we returned from California on Sunday, my husband and I reflected on some advice we received from a friend. Our friend and his wife also are “risk managers” but found themselves taking unexpected risks that changed their lives. Their advice to us was that to progress in life, we have to take risks with faith that it will all work out. As we do so we will see the growth in ourselves as we look back.
My husband and I reflected on the risks we have recently taken. As we thought, I was humbled and filled with gratitude as I realized that we had grown stronger as a couple and I have learned things I would never have learned without our experiences.
Today, I would like to give the same advice for risk managers like me and my husband. Taking (smart) risks are an important part of life that helps us progress, learn, and grow. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, it can be the event that changes your life forever.