It’s Friday again and on Friday The Gypsy Mama encourages us to throw caution to the wind and just write for five minutes. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real. Today’s topic: risk
I was in Atlantic City on vacation last week and no matter how many times I have been there over the years, I am always caught up in amazement as I stroll through the casino. Passing by the noisy slot machines with their bright lights, animated screens and loud chatter I see people ranging in age from mid-twenties to probably mid-seventies bustling about.
The younger patrons; adorned in sleek skimpy clothing for attention, huddle close together in groups and carry on excitedly as they hurry toward the table games area to the left of the room. The older crowd tends to mosey through at a slower pace, speaking in lower tones of conversation with one another as they selectively decide on a group of slot machines to sit down at and place their member cards in (attached to plastic cords).
These people, all from different walks of life, have one thing in common at this moment: they are risking their money. With full knowledge that they may lose the money they are playing in Blackjack, Roulette, slots or whatever else, they are placing bets in hopes of beating the odds and coming away with more money in their pockets. And, even though most of the time you will lose in the casino, you can’t win unless you try. Wow – I suppose that’s just the philosophy that grabs hold of some people so hard that they lose control and play away their savings…
I know that many feel that gambling is wrong (read: those who can’t handle it. lol!) but I believe that all we experience in life is a gamble or risk. Every time we get behind the wheel of a car or into a seat on an airplane, we are risking our lives by entrusting others to be safe. When we are strapped into the seat of a roller coaster, we are praying silently that the harnesses will hold as they should. Even when an individual enlists in the military, he or she is aware of the possibility that they may be sent into a war zone one day and be put in harm’s way to defend our country. It’s a matter of what we anticipate as the reward whether we are willing to risk or not.