Today, I was watching the Ugly Betty episode, "Something Wicked this Way Comes". Basically the episode is about how Betty and Henry's relationship, how they try to hide it from prying eyes, and how they later realize that they have the share the little time that they have left together. At the end of this episode, Hilda tells Betty to not waste any moment that she has left to spend with Henry. She then tells her that if she had one last moment with her deceased husband, Santos, she would do it in a heartbeat, ignoring the fact that it might hurt her later on.
And that whole thing got me thinking. Not only about taking chances when it comes to love, but in life in general. How often do we let an opportunity slip us by, paralyzed by the fear of striking out. There was this movie, called a cinderella story. There was this quote in the movie that always kind of stayed with me, which is "never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game". That quote basically means, don't let the fear of losing keep you from trying to win. Whether it's in Betty's case, when she's in love with someone who got another girl pregnant, or in a different scenario, when you're trying to try out for a team or something. We need to take a risk, because otherwise, we won't be living the life of our dreams. Instead you will be kicking yourself for the rest of your life for not taking that chance.
I sometimes have trouble taking my own advice, because the thought of taking a chance of any sort scares me. I fear rejection, and it's often blinded me to not do what I always wanted to do. But, as I grow into adulthood, I do realize that some times, you just have to take a chance.
Hilda in a way was right. We need to take a chance in our lives, and it might hurt, and it might not turn out the way that we are planning it to, but at the end of the day, at least we know what is meant to be. Take the chance that you always wanted to take, right here right now. Life is too short for us to be kicking ourselves in the shin for what we could have done. Some people might call you stupid, but hey, if you're happy, who gives a damn?