The greatest risk associated with being in love is getting hurt emotionally. It’s a risk that you should be willing to take unless you want to spend the rest of your life alone. After all, life is filled with risk. Every time you leave the house or get in your car, you are exposing yourself to possible danger. No one can live life in a sterile risk-free environment.

It doesn’t exist.

Being abused is an entirely different story. It is risk with absolutely no potential of reward. There is no love relationship worth the risk of being abused. If you fall in love with someone who is physically, emotionally, or verbally abusive, there is no option but to end the relationship. The sooner you end it, the better. Although it is difficult at first, you will be much better off in the long run.

Being in love is the most rewarding thing you will ever experience in your life. You wouldn’t want to sacrifice the beauty of being in love just to avoid the risk of getting hurt. Think of every happily married couple that you know. Unfortunately, there probably weren’t a lot of people who came to mind. But those who are happy got there by taking a risk.

Another risk associated with being in love is that you may not be able to concentrate on your job! This is especially a risk with an office romance. Like any risk, you have to ask yourself whether the benefits outweigh the potential costs. Try to minimize unnecessary contact at work. Keep it professional. Depending on the way you conduct your relationship at work, you will either earn the respect of your co-workers or become fodder for the office gossips.

Depending on whom you love, you may also risk alienating your friends and family. WIll involving yourself in a relationship with a particular person cause a situation similar to that of the Montagues and the Capulets? Do your families have a history like the Hatfields and the McCoys? If the answer to either of these questions is “Yes,” then you have to carefully consider whether your love is strong enough to overcome the obstacles in its path.

Another great risk when it comes to love has to do with children. If you or your partner have children from a previous relationship, you have to put the needs of the children first. It is not acceptable to take risks if your children will be negatively affected.

Tracey Parece is a recent graduate of Bristol Community College. She has an A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professional Option. Tracey is a full-time free-lance writer specializing in relationship and love advice. She believes the most important thing in life is love. She is lucky to have found it and believes that you can too. To see some of her additional articles, please follow these links:

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