A Day in Los Angeles: Taking Risks

The day is beautiful. In downtown Los Angeles, the streets are bustling with people, the sky is void of clouds, and a small group of newly admitted Intrinsic interns meet at the Grand Central Market, myself included. After buying an experimental concoction of horchata and boba, a Mexican traditional beverage combined with Taiwanese tapioca pearls, I sit amongst my fellow interns and immerse myself in pleasant conversation. One by one, each intern is pulled aside and interviewed. Background information as well as personal objectives, hopes and dreams are recorded for a short promo video that is soon to come.

We make our way up a steep hill by taking a miniscule trolley ride. Once we reach the top, we are welcomed by a tranquil shopping center encompassing a rather large and beautifully architected fountain. After taking several pictures and videos, we make our way to the restaurant for a delicious and hearty meal. The atmosphere is light and friendly as the waiters serve us in their colorful flannel shirts. While conversing of the day’s events, we eat until our heart’s content. Then finally, we make our way to meet the notorious creator of Sparks, Jason Jaggard.

As we sit in a circle, we begin to ponder of our proudest moments in life: what we have done to either make ourselves a better person or the world a better place. It is surprising to note that such a simple question is so difficult to answer. I recall a few instances in my life, but even those I feel a ting of skepticism. In our moments of thought and recollection, Jason introduces us to Sparks, a five week social experience that “enhances initiative and creativity” for a group of friends, or in this case interns. For five weeks, each one of us will take five risks that will ultimately make us step outside of our comfort zone in pursuit of bettering ourselves and/or the world we live in.

I am filled with excitement and curiosity, and even begin to feel a little anxious. A number of possibilities and ideas flash through my head. What risks am I willing to take? Considering the possibilities, I wonder why I had not thought of pursuing such objectives before.  After some thought, I begin to realize that the reasons for which we rarely deviate from general tendencies or refrain from doing the things we want is from fear and doubt. From this observation, I have only one thing to say: don’t be afraid to do the things your heart desires, for once all is said and done you’ll wonder what was there to fear in the first place.