Risk: The Game of Global Domination ™

"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that's really special and if you're not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself."

Amy Poehler "Yes, Please"

While I am still wishing I could joyfully anticipate another season or even one more episode of Parks & Recreation, quietly trying to emulate Ms. Leslie Knope in every aspect of my life, I'll settle into a Netlfix binge from episode one and "try something new" with these Red Velvet Oreos. After a taste test serving size, two cookies, assessing the calories per gratification, and some very serious contemplation on the evolution of a cake flavor to cross platform the cookie sandwich icon, I determined that yes, this was indeed a risk worth taking, and needed to be explored further with a glass of milk. If only all risks were this tasty and fulfilling.....

Wait one minute! Maybe all risks, while they may not be as equally tasty, should be addressed with the same sort of enthusiasm as picking out a new box of cookies. Imagine if we held the power to make life's biggest moves just a bit easier, and hell, maybe even just a bit more fun!

As some of you know, last week I started a new job. The chance to try something entirely new, start fresh, begin again in a world parallel to what I had known and yet somewhat on a completely different planet, was both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Would I be qualified to accomplish the tasks at hand? Would I understand the material and be able to be successful while also staying true to my character? Would I be able to share my knowledge of the world and apply it to my job? Would I be able to be myself amongst all new coworkers? Would I make friends? Would they like me? Would I revert back to the person I was, shy, uncertain and scared to take on the world alone? What if I fail? More importantly, what if I succeed?

Flooded with thoughts of stress, anxiety, excitement and trepidation, I barely slept the weekend. My brain, constantly firing off thoughts of worry or pure joy in a battle of fireworks of the life that I never knew I wanted. Sure, it was a risk, but a risk that was worth the fall, a risk that took me out of my comfort zone and turned a dream into a reality.

From the moment I stepped out of the elevator and took a breath, I knew I was home. Music flooded the halls, voices of laughter, encouragement and friendship echoed through the office and I instantly felt all of my worries fall away. Sure, it was a risk and every day that I show up will continue to be a risk or  a challenge, but knowing that I'm not in it alone, knowing I have the tools to be successful, knowing that I have the power to help others live their dreams, makes the jump worth every ounce of terrifying joy. And at the very least, I know that I was brave enough to fly........and there will always be the original Oreos to fall back on!