Risk, n. 1. exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance
In surveys given to the elderly, the most common answer to the question “What is your greatest regret in life”? is “That I didn’t take more risks.”
Jorge Luis Borges wrote the following poem in his late eighties, after having just found out that he was dying. It has some cliches, and it's more of a reflection than a poem. Still, this has remained an inspiring piece for me to dig out of my files whenever I'm trying too hard to "play it safe."
Take a look below the fold.