Both posts inspired me to think about risk taking, the different ways to apply the word risk to our lives and it made me think about the risks that I have been taking in my life, as well as the ones that I want to take.
It also made me think of how amazing it is that the opportunity to take a risk can arise at any moment and can leave just as quickly.
I wrote a comment on the self-love post “I am Beautiful,” and I’m reposting that comment here as my self-love post:
I love this, and I love that someone else wrote about risk today too. Reading your post made me think of the risks I have been taking this past week, and they all involved me willing to be more open, less guarded and choosing to live more outside of my head. The outcome of each of my risks have been wonderful.
One of them was small, but impacting. A friend wanted to introduce me to someone on a whim, and did. When we first started talking my guard was up, and I was aware that it was and was thinking that I could talk briefly then leave and get a cup of coffee or bike back home, but instead I chose to let it down. So I sat down, relaxed and continued to talk to the guy that I had just met and it turned into a nice conversation that opened my mind to a lot of new opportunities and experiences that I was blocking myself from. We talked a lot about queer culture in my hometown, and the lack of it, and it got my mind spinning with ideas and energy about the in-person community building aspect of T.H.E.
My mind has been recharged to put focus into exploring queer culture in the Bay Area, creating a queer community in my hometown and putting more focus into T.H.E., and it stemmed from the conversation I had with that guy and the split second decision I made to sit down and talk with him, instead of keeping my guard up and being closed to the opportunity of a new experience outside of my routine.
Maybe I’ll start to focus more on the idea of taking risks or being a risk.
– Emelina Minero
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Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Gay Media Network, and is Curve’s Social Media Manager. She’s launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication, The Human Experience. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.