Sunday, January 25, 2009

Why do people jump from perfectly good airplanes?

Skydivers might be viewed as ultimate risk takers.

Personally, I prefer to define myself by taking more inward journeys ... Okay, I admit it... I'm a big chicken (cluck cluck), and I will never knowingly step from a plane thousands of feet in the air. (If ever I do, I pray it's a situation like the one pictured here, with someone ELSE to pull the ripcord at the right moment.)

Film characters played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the The Bucket List took the plunge. Won’t give away the storyline, but I thought it particularly interesting that neither of them wore helmets. What was that all about? Yikes. (Wait. Just noted the two pictured here are sans head protection, too.)

And former President George H. W. Bush, 84, though he used a cane during the most recent inauguration, still plans to dive on his next birthday. God speed.

Risks, I suppose, are definded by the takers. What is a risk to me may not seem all that risky to you.

But what if you cannot imagine your final breath without having attempted that thing that scares you to death?

At the end of the day, what risks are you willing to take?

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