I have always loved the water. I think watching rivers flowing, ocean waves rolling onto the beach, and lakes with gentle ripples very relaxing. I also love to photograph them.
What scares me to death is the thought of getting into a rubber raft and riding over the rapids of a river. I just cannot imagine taking that kind of chance with my health. However, I don’t mind watching other people being foolish by riding the rapids.
I don’t think I was such a scaredy cat when I was young, but now at the ripe old age of (well much older), I readily admit my fears. And to be honest, once you become a parent, your priorities change. You are no longer responsible for only yourself. Someone depends on you for everything for many years. That may have been the beginning of my fear of reckless behavior.
Our lives are journeys that take us through childhood into adolescence and the terrible teen years bring us to the brink of young adulthood. Our perspectives change with each stage of our journey. What excites us and inspires us in one phase, often bores us or frightens us in a later phase.
What remains are our memories of the good times we spent in our earlier years and as we reminisce about them with our old friends we sheepishly admit to each other that we were just a little bit crazy attempting some of the things we did.