Some more wise words, this time courtesy of Christina Henry:
Risk taking is free
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to appear sentimental
To reach out for another is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing yourself
To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure.
But the greater hazard in life is to risk nothing,
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing,
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but they simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love
chained by certitudes, they are slaves
who have forfeited freedom.
Only a person who risks is Free.