To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out to others is to risk getting involved.

To show your feelings is to risk exposing your humanity.

To place your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To hope is to risk pain.

To try is to risk failure.

But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live or love. Chained by his uncertainties or addictions, he’s a slave. He has forfeited his greatest trait, and that is his individual freedom.

Only the person who risks is free. To keep You hidden, to lose You because of self-defeating ideas is to Die. Don’t let that happen.

Your greatest responsibility is to become everything that you are, not only for your benefit, but for mine.