Life and Death and all that jazz

Yeah, I figured out how to embed! Not a noob anymore!

I’ve diverged a bit from my main topic with this one- kudos to Michael for showing me something I couldn’t resist. This video is insane! Watching it makes me think two things: 1) Life is fragile, though not as fragile as we might think. 2) Life is crazy awesome! Here’s one way to handle your financial woes- go out and risk your life for the sheer thrill of it. I’m not endorsing reckless thrill seeking but…no, wait. Yes I am. Life is short, sometimes a helluva lot shorter than we expect. That doesn’t mean we should run a muck like banshees with no regard for caution, but I really think most people don’t take enough risks.

We live in a sterile, politically correct, safety conscious world. Risks are foolish. We’d rather sit comfortably on our couches watching Planet Earth than go out and see it with our own eyes. And if we do see it, it’s from the sidewalk, behind the guardrail, with a tour guide. Seriously, people? I think our sterile little lives kill us slowly. We smother our adventurous streak and stamp out all of our fiery impulses into a smoldering heap of ash. We’re so afraid of dying that we keep ourselves from really living.

I’m not saying bike down a mountain. Maybe you should jump out of a plane instead. Or raft down some rapids. Or tell someone you love them. Do something exhilerating. Make your heart pound. Gasp for air. Maybe finances and stress and all the crap of the mundane day-to-day will fade in the background for a moment, and you’ll just be glad to be so very alive.

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About Nicole

Daughter of God, wife, mother, volunteer youth leader, substitute teacher, aspiring writer, rabbit owner, nature lover. These are some of my titles.
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2 Responses to Life and Death and all that jazz

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are right on with your assessment of life:

    If you have never skied down the side of a 14000 foot mountain on pristine snow and observed the beauty of God’s creation from above, you have not experienced life to its fullest.

    If you have never drifted 150 foot below the ocean surface in the serene silence and weightlessness of a scuba dive and observed the beauty of God’s creation from below, you have not experienced life to its fullest.

    If you have never plummeted toward God’s great earth at a 140 MPH freefall counting the seconds before you pull your ripcord, you have not experienced life to its fullest.

    If you have never explored a cave and experienced utter and total darkness while every other physical sense you possess is on overload to compensate for lack of sight, you have not experienced life to its fullest.

    If you have never expended your very last bit on energy to reach the final peak of a rock climb and triumphantly flung yourself off the rock face and dangled far above the canyon floor by your belay line, you have not experienced life to its fullest.

    If you have never packed what you can carry and headed off into the wilderness not to return or see another human for days on end and lay awake at night listening to the creatures that God created signing their praises, you have not experienced life to its fullest.

    God has granted us a limited number of days on this earth. So turn off the television, get off the couch and take the first step to experience your life to the fullest.

  2. Mom says:

    Well…alright…as long as you promise to return in one piece.
    And don’t tell me the dangerous stuff you did until after you’ve survived it!!!

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