Article by Wendy McCance
I was at a party the other day talking with someone about getting older and the changes that we have noticed. One thing that really struck me was the aversion to adventurous activities. I had always thought it was just me, but as the conversation expanded to include additional people, I began to see a pattern.
When I was young, I loved heights. Anything that would get me in the air was thrilling to me. I was so excited about getting up in the air that I even learned how to fly a small plane in my 20′s.
How, why or when the idea of being up in the air lost its thrill for me I can’t tell you. I never had a bad experience, but all of a sudden, all I could think of was the fall back to earth.
When I was in my 30′s, I went parasailing. After I came down from the sky and was back on the boat, I realized that I spent my entire time worried that the cord would break and pummel me into the lake. It was the first clue that my days of loving heights was changing.
In my early 40′s, I went to the amusement park with my family. We took one of those cars on a rail that are up in the air transporting you across the park. I was petrified. Every little swinging movement made me feel as though the car would snap and we would fall to the ground.
As unwarranted fears of the physical kind began to get the best of me, I noticed that something else had begun to change.
I suddenly had a fearless attitude about going after my dreams. I somehow had lost that voice in side of me that would feed my head with doubt.
Where did this sudden bravery come from? Maybe it was just years of experiencing life. Perhaps I realized that there is nothing scary about taking a chance and putting yourself out there.
I’m sure somewhere there is some sort of study that explains how we view our life as we age. Maybe it explains why I began to stop the perceived endeavours that felt like I was risking my life.
At the same time, we only get one life and it passes in the blink of an eye. Going after your dreams seems like the logical thing to do. Why not live it up? There is nothing to lose and everything to gain off of challenging ourselves to follow our heart.
What do you think about this subject? Have you had a similar experience as you have aged?our heart.
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