Last Saturday was hubby’s birthday and we had a plan. We’d get up early, grab my folks and head out to spend a few hours cruising the Rainbow River. A cookout with the rest of the family to celebrate Father’s Day/Birthday would follow later.

Except.

Friday’s weather was truly terrible. These were not our usual 20 minute Florida afternoon showers. On Friday, the storms started at 10:00 a.m. and didn’t leave. They settled in.

It poured. It stormed. It rained some more.

More of the same was predicted for Saturday. Friday night, we studied the radar predictions like generals prepping for battle. Every news station offered a different picture, a different prediction.

But every single weather expert said Saturday would be wet, wet, wet.

We woke up Saturday morning to a bright blue sky, but we knew it could change instantly. All the forecasts were still dire. We know how quickly weather changes in Florida in the summer. The folks bailed on the trip. Hubby and I debated, discussed, checked the radar one more time. Finally, we said, “Oh, let’s risk it.”

The day turned out to be absolutely beautiful. Two drops of rain fell from an otherwise clear blue sky. We had a blast.

The 'Experts' Got it Wrong

The ‘Experts’ Got it Wrong

Had we listened to the experts, we’d have missed a gorgeous day.

Of course, things could have easily gone the other way and we’d have been caught out in a storm. But it didn’t. We took a risk and it paid off.

It reminded me that sometimes, you have to ignore the ‘experts’ and go with your gut. Make a decision. Step out. Do something.

Write the story you want to write. Paint the picture that lives in your head. Apply for that job, start that project. Try something new, something you’ve never done before.

Ignore the ‘experts’ who say it MUST be done a certain way. Take the risk. Step out. Try. And try some more.

Maybe it’ll work out. Maybe it won’t.

But in either case, you won’t be sitting home wishing you’d had the courage to take the first step.

What about you? Have you taken a risk that has paid off? I’d love to hear about it.