We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Rubio and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexandra, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk: A situation involving exposure to danger. So by definition, we are always actively and inactively taking risks every single day. You risk getting into a car accident every time you drive to work and you risk losing your job if you don’t go to work. You risk having your house catch on fire when you put lights on your Christmas tree, and you risk not feeling that “Holiday spirit” when you don’t buy a Christmas Tree. Some risky situations are necessary, so I will mostly be considering the “unnecessary” risky situations of life in this article.

In my everyday life, I always consider the risks involved in any action I could potentially make, along with the risks involved in not pursuing that action. I then compare each situation and risks involved to what I can possibly gain from it.

Life Example: (Climbing) I love rock climbing, so I am used to calculating all the risks of being outdoors and interacting with nature. The risks are: injury and loss of time. By choosing to act on this sport, I gain happiness, confidence, and physical strength.

(Not climbing)There are risks of not climbing. I risk missing out on an adventure, on the level of happiness I get after climbing, and on the beautiful environments you get to find yourself in. By choosing to not climb, I gain more time to paint, work, and do other things that might elevate my life. Based on all these factors, I tend to choose “to climb” over “not climbing”. And it’s mostly because the risks from climbing are worth taking, for the amount of joy I gain.

Career Example: (Starting a business) For me, the risks of starting a business include: losing money and time spent getting started. The risk of failure. I gain happiness knowing I am working a job I love.

(Not Starting a business) There are risks of not starting a business. I risk having feelings of inadequacy and I risk not living life to my fullest potential. If I choose not to start a business, I gain more stability. Based on all these risks and benefits, I figured I’d rather take the risk of creating a brand and being an entrepreneur, rather than risk dying and not even trying.

So with all this being said, I would also like to say I am privileged enough to not have anyone dependent on me. I have a back up plan in case everything doesn’t work out. A lot of people can’t afford taking the risk of quitting everything and starting a career to create a business. So I am fortunate enough to be in this position where taking this risk is possible. I still believe it’s important to think about your own mortality, frequently, like everyday.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? Work on achieving that thing, every single day. We only have one life to live, might as well live it to the fullest. My only goals in life are happiness and purpose, so I want to die knowing at least I worked hard enough to achieve those things.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started posting mostly climbing-related landscapes on social media (Instagram) a couple years ago, and overtime I grew a small following. Being an artist requires consistency and determination, but also a genuine joy in creating what you love. I’ve had many challenges in the past, but my current one has been branching out of my “style”, and being okay with it. I’m now starting to believe that art style shouldn’t define an artist and I am currently working on finding my voice again in the work I create.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

Website: alexandrarubio.com
Instagram: instagram.com/alexandra.rubio.art
Twitter: twitter.com/arubioart

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