The courage to sky dive

Every hometown newspaper in the universe has featured a story about a retiree fulfilling her lifelong dream of going skydiving.

I see that beaming face lunge from 14,000 feet and shudder. I could NEVER do that. Or could I? Could the straightest path to a mature adrenaline rush be a matter of practice?

Skydivers jumping from airplane

Courtesy depositphotos/sibsky: used with permission, edits by Shallow Reflections™

It is common knowledge that young people take risks and feel invincible. But what about those safety conscious AARP members? What kinds of high risk behavior can they practice to strengthen their flabby dare devil muscles?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Sitting on a toilet seat in a public restroom without checking it first
  • Leaving home without your GPS
  • Negotiating the bathroom in the middle of the night without your glasses
  • Taking a nap without your CPAP
  • Playing miniature golf; those windmills can be deadly to the uninitiated. I once had a serious rug burn when I fell on a putting green.
  • Doing a crossword puzzle with an ink pen
  • Mistaking the local medical marijuana dispensary for a Walgreen’s
  • Mistaking the local Walgreen’s for a medical marijuana dispensary
  • Answering a landline phone. My sister broker her ankle doing this.
  • Going to church on Sunday morning without a respirator…..the day after a bean supper
  • Going to bed without flossing
  • Drinking a caffeinated beverage after 10 a.m.
  • Setting up a Twitter account….and tweeting
  • Going to a dance where no one knows CPR
  • Filling your weekly pillbox
  • Having more than one medical specialist
  • Sending a Facebook friend request to your daughter/son/grandchild
  • Answering the phone when caller ID says ‘unavailable’
  • Wearing horizontal stripes
  • Driving across a Walmart parking lot without wearing your seatbelt

And the mother of them all. Are you ready for this?

  • Taking a bath or shower. Considering all the millions of injuries that occur every year in this hygienic death trap, we should all wear a medal each day that says, “I survived the shower.” I’m thinking of installing a digital safety scoreboard in my shower, so I can keep track of my injury free showers days. I feel more courageous just thinking about it!

By practicing these and many more, I have no doubt there will be a free fall in YOUR future. I hope you post it on YouTube so I can experience the thrill of it too.

What kind of risks do you take to keep a sense of danger and excitement in your life? Have you ever gone skydiving? Would you like to? Are you itching to try some of my ideas?

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12 thoughts on “The courage to sky dive

  1. I occasionally, bravely travel across the hall to pee in the middle of the night without hanging onto furniture—-how’s that for courage??

  2. Some of mine include:
    drive downtown without a seat belt,
    go on an overnight trip without spare underwear, going to bed without under or outerwear! Mistaking Walgreens for the marijuana dispensary, cutting wood with a sharpened chain, MCing my 50th high school reunion, in August, actually flossing prior to bedtime, digging random holes with my excavator without permits, enter my retirement years with minimal planning, using the toilet and not checking the medical possibilities of the results, (who doesn’t look?),leaving my dirty dishes in the sink for 24 hours when Edwina isn’t working, watching CNN to see if I can still retain my patriotic and intellectual instinct, (this one’s for Noreen), but what I just couldn’t conjure up enough courage to do even at my “seasoned who cares” age was watch the State of the Union speech…….

    • That really is risky. I wondered if it was too scary to even include as it could be tramatizing to bring back memories long buried.

  3. OHhhhhhh Molly! Once again you have completely made my evening! A great way to end the day with a chuckle from my Miss Molly!

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