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I Am Afraid to Take Risks

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    The fears and thoughts in my head control me.

    Why do I have more negative thoughts than positive. One of the fears I have most is school and which major to pick. I'm scared to pick a major and find out half way through that it's not for me or I can't do it. I've never been good at school, but I've always tried my hardest...
    linkingold linkingold 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2014

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    Cant Risk To Actually Live !

    My story with risk basically comes down to that I am so afraid of failure. . I mean. . What if I took a risk and failed. . I am so much of a perfection freak that I can't bear taking a risk just because of the idea of "what if I did this and it went wrong". . So am...
    HebaRashed HebaRashed 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2009

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    Risks

    Risks,They scare me,I'mĀ open-minded,However,I don't like risks,Love the safety,Of the safe-zone,Who can blame me?Been bitten,Many times before.
    lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket 46-50, M Feb 14, 2012

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    I'm An Idea Person...

    and I hide behind those ideas, steering clear of putting them into action and possibly failing.  I fear the risk-taking, just because it can lead to failure, rejection, etc.  I know in my heart that it could lead to success as well, but have no confidence that it will...
    debmichelle debmichelle 36-40 5 Responses Jun 6, 2008

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    Constant Conundrums

    I am faced with making a huge decision. To pack up and move from Portland, OR to Kalispell, MT, or try to have a long distance relationship, or end a relationship with the best person I have ever connected with in my life.  I would be following my...
    riddlemethis522 riddlemethis522 22-25, F Jul 11, 2010

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    I *must* Try!

    I usually never take risks..of any kind. When i occasionally do,it leaves me feeling extremely restless. Just today i showed my hand to a palmist (just for the heck of it)...he told me,surprisingly,what i know myself...I give up too easily, far too soon than i should in order to...
    zecchini zecchini 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 21, 2008

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    Sometimes Its Good Not to Take Risks

    I'm not a big risk taker b/c I believe in Murphy's Law,If it can happen it will". Look at the money lost in the stock markets, what a price to pay for those risks taken. However, I did take a risk of coming to your site to ask for help today not for myself put for the...
    betchaboots betchaboots 41-45, F Jan 3, 2009

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    So me and a few friends decided to go watch a

    movie pretty late. ( I love this girl that went with us ) so I ran up the stairs to sit next to her before my friend could, anyway. Later in the movie she nudged my arm off the arm rest and looked at me and laughed. I put my hand beside it and I was messing with my hand, she...
    seanlayton211 seanlayton211 13-15, M Nov 30, 2014

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    I confess I'm not good at taking risks,

    leaps of faith, chances. Not sure why. Doubtless previous experience somewhere along the line I expect. Once bitten twice shy and all that. Once in while though........
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Oct 8, 2014

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    God forbid if I'm in this state

    for another year. I've never been a risk taker but something needs to change and New York is calling my name.
    abcdefgh19 abcdefgh19 22-25, F Dec 3, 2014

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    Cant Risk To Actually Live !

    My story with risk basically comes down to that I am so afraid of failure. . I mean. . What if I took a risk and failed. . I am so much of a perfection freak that I can't bear taking a risk just because of the idea of "what if I did this and it went wrong". . So am...
    HebaRashed HebaRashed 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2009

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    Stupidity

    I'm afraid of everything. Really, it's true. Even getting up in the morning is scary. It's not way up on the fear-scale, but yeah. Creepy. What if it'll be a really crappy day? I assume this stems from having had (to some extent still having) social phobia. I don't put myself...
    nahald nahald 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    But I Am Willing To Take The Risk With Fear In My Heart

    life can be scary especially for young adults like myself whom have to take on new responsibilities that we never had growing up. i'm scared. it's time to leave the nest and i am scared but i am gonna do it. risks are necessary for change, otherwise life is boring:/ and that's...
    veronica4ever veronica4ever 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 30, 2012

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    It's Like If I Make a Change and It Doesn't Work Out, It'll Be My Fault

    If I take a risk and it doesn't work out, I will have created a bad situation for myself. If I don't take risks, I can blame other things, situations, and circumstances for my problems. I guess not risking anything is a risk, but it isn't true that the greatest risk is...
    blackberryface blackberryface 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2007

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    It's Pathetic

    Every time I see a girl that I find attractive I manage to convince myself into not to do anything. These voices haunt me. "She's out of your league" "She has a boyfriend already" "She's tired of people hitting on her"  and my favorite...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    Related Experiences

    I take risks, and some things get bad. But not taking risks makes it to where a lot of things will get bad. It's all about the math.
    anonymousdrummer anonymousdrummer 13-15, M 5 days ago

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    I want to take more risks. I am just too afraid of what other people think... I need to stop worrying about what people think of me and just live my life.
    Louder4life Louder4life 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    Wow, kinda cool to find this topic. Back in October 2014, I was asked by my boss and my boss' boss if I wanted to take a new position within the team. I didn't hardly hesitate at...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I have a constant feeling that I'm not going to have a good life and it most likely will be partly due to self-infliction. I worry about failure constantly but it's led to this...
    ForeverInDarkness22 ForeverInDarkness22 22-25, M 6 Responses Feb 17

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    i know this sounds kinda stupid for those older than me maybe even those younger than me but i really feel like a failure. got wait listed to my dream college and i feel like...
    youngandinexperienced youngandinexperienced 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    Eeergh. I'm almost finished with my four years. I'm going to get a BFA in illustration from a small-ish art school. Professors and students say I will be fine, based on the...
    ArtRhinoceros ArtRhinoceros 18-21, F Feb 15

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    I don't think anyone actually likes me I'm also afraid to take the next step im also afraid to have sex and so I get irrationally anxious bc I think that's all guys want so why...
    tourdeforce tourdeforce 18-21, F 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm not afraid of heights, I'm afraid of falling. I'm not afraid of the dark, I afraid of what's in it. I'm not afraid to love, I'm afraid of not being loved back.
    MysteriousGirl15 MysteriousGirl15 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 19

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    I can't take anything seriously these days that it's come to the point that I feel apathetic and numb to everything. My friends, my part-time job co-workers (though this makes...
    Unable2Breathe Unable2Breathe 22-25 1 Response 3 days ago

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    To say "I'm afraid of rejection" is a complete understatement. The fear of it pretty much governs my life. Even asking my friends to go out with me is hard, because even if they...
    thenewboy87 thenewboy87 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 11

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    I'm 22, out of college and I'm still afraid to drive. Reading the manuals and doing practice tests online is nothing, but having my mom show me everything when I'm inside the car...
    XxxFallenAngelxxX XxxFallenAngelxxX 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 12

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    hi everyone I'm Jasmine I'm 18 years old, and I get too attached to people who I find a connection with, I've always been this way since I was young and I couldn't understand it...
    jnyell jnyell 18-21, F 2 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    I'm still afraid of driving and even people who sits in my car was afraid too , I hope the driving coach won't freak out teaching me to drive (if Only the coach is available) . Oh...
    minniekoala minniekoala 22-25, F Feb 20

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    When I was 12 years old I was spoken to about a rare condition I have and told that I would die between the age of 25 and 30. At 12 years old this felt quite weird and scary but...
    Amber2694 Amber2694 18-21, F 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    I'm actually afraid to love too hard... You think your love can push someone away? Or even scare them away? It's scary to really express someone how you feel because you're afraid...
    sadgurl2015 sadgurl2015 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 12

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    I didn't know that one day I will lost my job because of my anxiety and I didn't know that I will have anxiety. And starting my life from the start is so hard. I'm afraid of...
    perrilive perrilive 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 13

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    oh my god, today i had swim regional's. I was so scared i was going to have a panic attack in the 200, i was afraid i was gonna disappoint everyone on my team. I placed 3rd (out of...
    Nightlover223 Nightlover223 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 14

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    I'm not even afraid of falling, really . Its that sudden stop when landing that gets me a little nervous.
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M Feb 18

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    I have an honest fear. It's not melodramatic or self indulgent, but honest and really really real. It's something that hits you out of nowhere that I'll end up an old woman with a...
    Lov3intheasylum Lov3intheasylum 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I mean there's no need to be afraid of being loyal. No need to be afraid of sharing the parts of you that honestly not everyone deserves with just one person
    LeeOmar88 LeeOmar88 26-30, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Yes I am terrified, but not of you, or who you are, I am terrified of not knowing you, of not knowing more of who you are. Afraid of not hearing, and feeling your heartbeat once...
    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77 31-35, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have an app on my iPhone that helps me to control my menstrual cycle. It tells me my fertile days, my risk of pregnancy on certain day, when I should have my next period etc. So...
    Sup3rW0m3n Sup3rW0m3n 16-17, F Feb 9

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    Sometimes I feel like I'm not going anywhere in my life. In fact, there's an inevitability there, because I fail on a daily basis to do anything about it. There's an underlying...
    AshleyJea AshleyJea 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 10

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    I became clinical depressed when I was 15. I tried to kill myself for the first time when I was 16, after my emotionally abusive boyfriend dumped me. I am 20 years old now, I don't...
    terrywill15 terrywill15 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 17

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    I'm a freshman in college, going for a four year degree in nursing. However I'm starting to think that I'll be dead before I finish college. Ever since I graduated from high school...
    BlackStylo95 BlackStylo95 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    The man she wanted became afraid of her spirit, and stopped looking at the stars with her. So, she accepted the man who wanted her.
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 9 Responses 2 days ago

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    It's getting to be really tiresome when I see or hear other guys talk smack about 'nice guys,' as if we're unreliable and crybabies. At least we have something they don't... a...
    Yonshimmy Yonshimmy 22-25, M 4 Responses Feb 7

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    It's not that I don't want to fall in love and have those kinds of experiences. I am afraid of giving too much of myself to it and forgetting what has made it possible to fall in...
    Letmebepatient Letmebepatient 31-35, M Feb 8

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