Ten years ago I wrote this:

Posted on July 24, 2006 by Alan
I was thinking about how boring life can be and I realised that in my younger days I took more risks and had more excitement than I do now. i used to go out sailing alone, scuba diving, spearfishing, climbing cliffs and diving into underwater caves. I went overlanding in my land rover, camping on offshore islands, and dune jumping in my beach buggy. But that was before we realised that the dune ecology could not survive such behaviour.

Nowadays my idea of living dangerously is to wash my blood pressure medication down with a glass of grapefruit juice.

Taking risks is fun, and I think maybe we lose an important and necessary factor in our lives if things become too safe. Not that I suggest we should all go out and do death defying things where one slip means that someone collects your life insurance, but a little adventure now and again has got to be good for you – right?

Such a lot I have taken since then.  Not all successfully. Yet I am still here.

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

One thought on “Risk”

  1. Absolutely, risk is what reminds us we are alive. It doesn’t have be death defying either. I have recently taken up Kayak fishing. One of the reasons is the feeling of vulnerability sitting all alone in the middle of the harbour at midnight with nothing but my own ability to paddle to get me back home; and who can forget the motorcycling…

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