After the skywalk came the skyjump. She was fully harnassed and was supposed to "step off" the ledge of the building, but was screaming and crying out of fear. I've seen countless people on Amazing Race who bungee jump, repel down the sides of buildings and go down zip lines that are hundreds of feet in the air. So, this got me thinking about my adventurous side and how I compare.
My dad tells me that when I was a little girl, about five years old, we stopped at one of those little carnivals that had set up in a store parking lot. I begged my dad to take me on the squirrel cages. Ya know the one? It's like a ferris wheel, but instead of cars, there are cages that spin end over end. I don't remember it, but he says that I had a great time, while he was sick as a dog.
I grew up going to Six Flags in Dallas/Ft. Worth at least once a summer for my entire life. We had many family trips and youth group trips there. I was always afraid of the roller coasters, but gave in to peer pressure, rode it and loved it. There were several to choose from. I loved the big steel one that had two big loops in it. It was sooo much fun! I don't think it's even there anymore.
I vaguely remember flying on an airplane when I was about seven. Mom said I loved it. I didn't fly again until I was 30. I was terrified! Hubby and I flew to Dallas for the weekend when we were first dating. I was a nervous wreck! It was only a 45 minute flight. I was crying and would NOT let go of my then boyfriend. I don't know how I thought he was going to save me from falling out of the sky, but if I was going down, I was taking him with me! I did better on the flight back to Arkansas.
I had adventurous friends in college. The loved to go rock climbing and repelling.
Hmmmm. Let's see. A huge cliff, with a tiny little rope holding me? MMMM. No thanks. You see, riding a roller coaster is about as adventurous as I get. One big reason is my fear of heights. I am terrified of heights. Actually, I'm afraid of falling from heights. I do okay on things that move really quickly and that aren't physically demanding, like roller coasters. But, I don't have it in me to jump off of a perfectly good sturdy structure into the air, even with a harness. I'd have a heart attack for sure. You'll NEVER catch me skydiving. WHY would you want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? No way!
Nope, guess I'm not a risk taker. I'm pretty much a big ole chicken butt! And proud of it! I know my limits. You couldn't even get me up to the top of that skywalk building. No thank you! I think I'll stick to the Tilt-a-Whirl. Rides that threaten to fling me through the air, I don't find amusing. Nope.
I think I'm pretty conservative in other areas of my life too. I'm not a big gambler. I have been to a few casinos. I take in about $25 and when it's gone, it's gone. If I ever did win some $$, I'd be outta there with my winnings.
Deal or No Deal had a big open casting call several years ago in Arkansas.
I went and tried out, but didn't make it to the show. Bummer! I wouldn't have done very well anyway. I probably would've taken the first deal Howie offered me. $3,000? DEAL! Thanks Howie! And back on the plane, clutching my Hubby, with my $3,000 check I would go. I would't be willing to part with my $3,000 just for the chance to make a little more. What if I ended up with nothing? Nope. I wouldn't be good at it at all! I'm definitely conservative with money.
I think the only area of my life where I would be considered a risk taker, would be in my relationships. I've never been one to hold back. If I love ya, I'm gonna let ya know no matter what. If you don't love me back, then it wasn't meant to be. All cards on the table, no game playing, no regrets. You always gotta take a chance on love.
Yep, he was definitely worth the gamble!
So, what about you? Would you consider yourself conservative or a risk taker?