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Taking Risks

Have you ever wondered, “What if <insert something here>?” Probably, yes. I remember someone telling me once that life is like shopping in a distant country. That sometimes, it is probably worth it to buy something that you really want. Because if you don’t, when you get back to your country, you, or other people, might say, “Sayang, sana binili mo.” (Translation: What a waste, you should have bought it.) The thing is you had the chance but you chose not to. That chance was lost, but what is important is those that will still come your way. I remember this from an economics book:

Let bygones be bygones. Don’t look backward. Don’t cry over spill milk or moan about yesterday,s loses. Make a hard-headed calculation of the extra costs you’ll incur by any decision, and weigh these against its advantages. Make decision based on marginal costs and marginal benefits.

It is sometimes worth it to take the risk. Right now, I’m glad that I made the right choice. It took me long enough to see why I took this particular course this semester but I’m sure am glad that I did. I’m glad I had the courage to take it and saved myself from eventually asking, “What if I did?”. There are a lot of things that is out of our control, things that we do not foresee. You’ll never know if, maybe, the chance you are given now is the last chance you’ll ever get.

If I’ve learned something this semester it is probably the lesson that sometimes, some risks are worth taking. We’ll never be able to buy back the time that was lost and the time that will be. And I also learned that you should never forget your dreams just to escape terror professors and difficult subjects because in the end, it might, just probably, be worth it.


About princess of antiquity

Abbi Cabanding is a member of the Security Bloggers Network and had been blogging on information security since 2006. She is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. She studied Computer Science and Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines - Diliman.


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