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The Dignity of Risk

What if you never got the chance to make a mistake?

What if your money was kept in an envelope where you couldn’t get to it?

What if you never got a chance to be good at something?

What if you were always treated like a child?

What if your only chance to be with people different from people like you was with your own family?

What if the job you did was not useful?

What if you never got to make a decision?

What if the only risky thing you could do was to act out?

What if you couldn’t go outside, because the last time you did, it rained?

What if you took the bus once and got lost, and now you can’t take another one?

What if you got into trouble and were sent away, and you couldn’t come back because they always remembered you were “trouble?”

What if you worked and got paid 46 cents an hour?

What if you had to wear your winter coat when it rained no matter how hot it was because it was all you had?

What if you never had privacy?

What if you could do part of the grocery shopping, but weren’t allowed to do any of it becuase you couldn’t do all of the shopping?

What if you spent three hours every day just waiting?

What if you grew old an never knew adulthood?

What if you never got a change?



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