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My Chancy Behavior by Tim Reynolds

I’m a big one for taking chances, but occasionally I take risks. What’s the difference? Well, taking a chance is acting with the possibility of something happening, while taking a risk is to expose yourself to the possibility of injury or loss. Let me use my own life to give you some clarity.

I once took a chance and auditioned for a stage production of West Side Story–I was Nibbles the Shark–which was definitely not the same as taking the risk of joining an actual Puerto Rican street gang. Taking a chance would have been eating a raw egg as a stunt in high school, but I had to risk illness by eating thirty raw eggs to raise money for the United Way.

Taking a chance that I could dance for nine hours to raise money for the United Way would have been okay, but I had to…

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