Illustrations by Maxine Crump.

There’s a distinct set of feelings that accompany the unknown—anxiety, fear, curiosity, and hope all come into play. You know that something is there on the other side, but do you dare step forward to meet it? For every risk taken, there’s a cost or a reward. Sometimes neither one is the outcome—just a movement into another phase of experience and learning. Not knowing which way to go can be scary. But if you reframe the trip you’re on, it can turn out to be more than anything you could have hoped for.