The Importance of Taking Risks

When I was eleven, my grandma told me I would be making the apple pie for Thanksgiving. Not any old apple pie - the apple pie. The apple pie whose recipe had been passed down for generations and which my grandmother had been making since she was a little girl. I hadn’t baked anything that couldn’t be made in an Easy Bake Oven. I was terrified, certain I would send my family running with their mouths covered.

But I baked it. I worked hard, diligently and meticulously making measurements. My precision couldn’t have been matched by any surgeon. I finished with a tentative poke of my inititals into the crust, proud of my efforts in this new adventure. And as it turns out, the pie was really good!

This is why trying new things is important. They can impact your life, ranging from new passions and skills to, “well, at least you tried it.” Expanding yourself in even small ways is important in becoming a better person. Often, though, we hold ourselves back from taking on these risks because we’re scared.

You’re not going to stop being scared, though. The unknown is scary. You can’t let that fear hold you back, limiting you from all that you’re capabale of doing. Don’t let that stop you. Don’t reach the end of your life with a bunch of “shouldas” and “wouldas.” Do it anyway, and be better for it.

All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ In The Sun,
Talkin’ ‘Bout The Things
They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Done…
But All Those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All Ran Away And Hid
From One Little Did.

- Shel Silverstein

emiello:

earthisalie:

Seriously. Clean up after yourself. Encourage other people to clean up after themselves. Clean up after other people. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Encourage other people to reduce, reuse, recycle. Even the smallest action is a positive step in the right direction. 

And go vegan. It’s the biggest positive impact you can make on the environment, as animal agriculture causes 70% of deforestation, more CO2 emissions than all forms of transport combined, and releases 89,000lbs of waste per second into the environment. A meat eater causes 7 times more emissions than a vegan does. (source)

emiello:

earthisalie:

Seriously. Clean up after yourself. Encourage other people to clean up after themselves. Clean up after other people. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Encourage other people to reduce, reuse, recycle. Even the smallest action is a positive step in the right direction. 

And go vegan. It’s the biggest positive impact you can make on the environment, as animal agriculture causes 70% of deforestation, more CO2 emissions than all forms of transport combined, and releases 89,000lbs of waste per second into the environment. A meat eater causes 7 times more emissions than a vegan does. (source)

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Lumberjanes is out! Who else already has a copy? 

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss.”