Playing It Safe

“If you choose to be fearless, then be fearlessly authentic not an imitation of someone you envy.”
― Shannon L. Alder via Write Tribe

Save your breath because you are not going to convince me to try any dare-devil stunts like bungee jumping off a high bridge or free solo climbing up the face of El Capitan. I do admire rock climbers but I know my limits. Limits are good. Limits are fine when you get to an older stage of your life. I do not think you need to prove something by jumping off bridges or out of planes. Well to be honest, I wouldn’t have wanted to do those things when I was young either. If I really want to push any boundaries it is in becoming a writer. I have been willing to take some risks with that and put some of my efforts out there. Sometimes it feels like jumping off a cliff, but with writing I don’t want to just play it safe.

Alex Honnold free-solo on Liberty Cap 2014 via Lwp Kommunlkaclo on Flickr.com


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted today by Joey of Joeyfully Stated. The prompt words for today save/safe. Featured image of Ordinance Sign via Pixabay.com

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18 thoughts on “Playing It Safe

  1. JoAnna

    I did some climbing on a climbing wall in my 40s and thought I really wanted to climb on rock. Maybe I still will, but mostly I think, I don’t want that kind of stress in my life anymore and would have to buy a lot of Ben Gay. Swimming feels safer and less stressful.

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  2. Kathy

    Rock climbing doesn’t bother me in the slightest, despite the fact that I have a healthy fear of heights. You’ll never get me on a roller coaster or any other type of thrill ride. I have no interest in plummeting head first toward the ground with some bungee cord that random dude tied to my ankles. Similar thoughts on jumping out of an airplane. Writing, even experimental writing, is something I can do with both feet firmly planted on the ground. That said, I try to live the advice I once heard (cannot attribute the quote, sadly): “Do something each day that scares you.” I think all creatively minded people live by that philosophy to varying degrees. Thanks for the post. Happy risk taking! 🙂

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