Yesterday, I spent the morning watching the movie In Her Words, with Shirley McClain. I knew the premise of the movie focused on a dying woman who wanted to write her own obituary before she died. While the movie was just meh, the point behind it made me stop and think a bit. Basically, the movie encouraged us to take risks…to live life, not just get through it. As a 53 year-old teacher, this hit me hard. I have wondered lately what my life will be like in the next 5 years. Now that my children are grown and almost out of college, how will I spend this next stage of my life?
I have never been a big risk-taker, playing it pretty safe for most of my life. I haven’t traveled; got a job right out of college that I still have today; married and had a family; enjoy what I have. But the only thing I’ve done that could be considered a risk is attend college 500 miles away from home. What does that say about me? Am I choosing not to step out of my comfort zone? What are the characteristics of a person who takes risks? Are these qualities that can lay dormant and appear late in life? Is risk-taking overrated?
Unfortunately, her words from the movie can’t necessarily answer these questions, but at least it got me asking them. Hopefully, I will be content with whatever answers I uncover. Until then, I’ll have to be content with the questions.