Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile ... initially scared me to death.
~ Betty Bender
I was talking with a customer the other day, and inevitably the conversation turned to what we had planned for the weekend. I mentioned that I was going river rafting with a group of people from work, and she immediately said, 'I would never do that, it's a little too scary for me.'
As our conversation progressed, she admitted that as she has gotten older she has become more cautious and less likely to try new things. This got me thinking, as kids we don't know any better and we'll try anything at least once, we assume that everything will be fine - jumping out of trees, biking too fast, exploring without knowing where we're going, we'll try all of it.
As we age, it seems the likelihood of trying new things decreases proportionally to our number in years. Everything we do has to be measured against the potential pros and cons of the experience and if we deem it too risky than we won't try it. Our sense of responsibility is overwhelming.
I think we need to find a balance between our childhood and adulthood, between throwing ourselves into things and over analysing everything that we do, because sometimes the risky things are the most worthwhile (and we're not getting any younger).