Ventures

 

“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we had the courage to embark at all.” – Barbara Hall

To venture is to…

(n) …undertake a risky or daring journey involving uncertainty as to the outcome.

…or…

(v) …dare to say or do something that may be considered audacious, especially when opposition or resistance appears likely to follow.

Whether venturing as a verb or a noun, I find that I live my best life when I embark on daring and uncertain journeys, whether those journeys are on the tough physical road or the equally strenuous mental and spiritual path to growth. Teddy Roosevelt said it best:

“It is not the critic who counts; nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”