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Joined: 5/31/2012
Msg: 42
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Yes, BicyclinGal and akizzej, same here; there is a teen around, so it is not about me, is for them.
tbicon, skydiving is a risk if one is afraid of heights, just as scuba diving is for poor swimmers like myself.
Joined: 7/7/2012
Msg: 43
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 7/31/2012 7:44:38 PM
There is a show I caught a couple of weeks ago on people 50+ who do not sit in a rocking chair. They are out there enjoying themselves! I have always been this way. That is, enjoying being active! If one is going to be reckless about doing something trouble will surely come your way.
Joined: 4/6/2012
Msg: 44
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 7/31/2012 7:49:14 PM
I don't see it a risk taking. I simply do what I want to do.

Financially- conservative

Active and go repelling, para-sailing, sailing, ride bikes etc. I don't see it a taking any risks. I just enjoy varied activities.

I was a bit more conservative when my kids were at home- would love to see my grandkids grow up and have families, but I'll still do what I enjoy.
Joined: 1/1/2012
Msg: 45
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 8/1/2012 3:58:01 AM
Different people take risks at different points in their life. I drag race and regularly go 145 MPH in the 1/4 mile in a car I built but do not see it as much of a risk. I do know what happens when things go wrong though.

The risktaker is my mother who told me last summer for her 80th birthday (April just past) she wanted a pass in my car.
Last Sunday it happened, only to the 1/8 mile or so 120ish mph but almost 2 g's leaving the start line. She thought it was an amazing ride. LOL
Joined: 8/12/2009
Msg: 46
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 8/3/2012 6:30:37 AM
This is an interesting question.

I think that when we were younger we took a lot of risks that we just didn't consider, now when we do something we realize the risks and try to minimize them. I know that when I was younger I came close to dying 4 times, not so since I have gotten older, yet I do tend to try things that may seem more risky, but is it risky to bungee jump if you check all equipment first, or to shydive if you make sure everything is in proper order? I just think we understand better the danger we may face now than we did when we were young.
Joined: 1/9/2012
Msg: 47
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 8/4/2012 2:17:30 PM
I've been skydiving, but as the sole parent of an 8 year old whose siblings are in their early 20's and whose only living grandparent is 80 I tend to avoid unnecessary risks nowadays. Ten years from now? I'll probably climb Everest.
Joined: 4/22/2012
Msg: 49
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 8/5/2012 9:19:54 PM
thanks for not boring us with another divorce detail saga. :) wouldn't touch anything of risk, personally chosen, with regard to my life until the child was out of university and working. hence, mine was, maybe as yours, responsible parentally driven. risk / reward is a sword, that, when swung should be swung true and with intent. otherwise, most likely a lost limb or worse... analogy aside, i am going hot air ballooning this summer. but, i will be sure to take an extra large umbrella. ;)
Joined: 7/21/2012
Msg: 50
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 8/6/2012 9:11:27 AM
For the most part, no -- I am risk-averse, and well schooled in safety
practices of all sorts. I sometimes forget and break loose on the bicycle.

Even this year, I barreled through an intersection without a thought,
until I was halfway through it and remembered -- to slow down. That
was just one time; for some odd reason the pure joy of pedaling my
azz off, won out over the constant muscle-memory of conservative,
vehicular riding.

I used to ride a motorcycle (and was quite skilled there). Now, I won't,
because I know the outcome of a bad spill is not something that is ever
worth risking, just for a pleasurable experience. I do not need to do that,
to have a sense I've lived well -- I have. I did plenty when younger. I do
mean plenty.

Okay, there are some risks I'd still take, but not if I had a partner who was
in the least opposed to it. No way I'd make them go through any grief, just
for another experience. On the other hand, if there is real danger present,
I will step up -- I hope. I usually do. I might countermand a suggestion from
a mate, not to. I hope I don't end up with someone who would put the arm
on me, for to not to do something that needs doing.

I've already gone back into a burning building to get a resident out. I never
saw it as much of a risk (still don't -- I knew the progress of the fire when I
did so). It was not like the movies; only that one old lady made a big deal
out of it, afterward.

That is the kind of risk that's worth taking. So many other kinds, simply aren't,
in my book. Ymmv.

EDIT: I'm very averse to surgery of any kind, or medication of any kind. Those,
to me, are significant risks I normally won't take, and I see options there that
others consider more risky -- I disagree.
Joined: 5/27/2011
Msg: 51
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Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 8/6/2012 6:35:15 PM
I've never been much of a risk-taker....even as a child....and I am not one now.
Joined: 4/19/2008
Msg: 52
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 8/6/2012 9:42:02 PM
I took many risks when I was younger. As I reached 35 to 40 I began taking less risks. I also switched from being a Democrat to being a Conservative. I have met too many good people in my life that are handicapped because of accidents of some sort. I have heard so many stories about the pain they had to go through in rehabilitation. Some of them spent years in rehab. Some still have lots of pain. I realized I had nothing to prove anymore, so I do not have desires to jump out of airplanes, or ride in hot air Balloons. I definitely do not have a desire to ride motorcycles in Los Angeles. Though the saving gasoline would be so nice, it's just to dangerous in LA. Maybe when I am wealthy I will buy a helicopter for transportation. Maybe a Learjet, but I will not have a desire to jump out of them.
Joined: 7/21/2012
Msg: 53
Risk taking in midlife
Posted: 8/6/2012 10:15:34 PM
Pfif, biking on some roads is risk-taking enough! :-)

You bet.

I do most of my riding before 8:00 a.m. and I set up the house as if
I'll be hospitalized for a month, without being able to return, to shut
off appliances &c., every time I head out the door to ride the

Because that might be the outcome.
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