Danger!

October 12th, 2010

I went to the beach to watch the sunset with friends a few days ago, and we agreed this sign should be handed out in the form of an instruction sheet as we leave childhood. There are no lifeguards on duty 24/7, and even if there were, many of us would probably ignore them and head straight for the areas of life most likely to contain drop-offs, deep holes and strong currents. It’s not that we have death wishes, but the danger zones are also where we find the most intensity, the most risk, the biggest surge of adrenaline. We just can’t help being drawn to them. And who’s to say we won’t survive a rip tide that carries us off course or a whirlpool that keeps us going in circles instead of finding a way forward out of predicaments or relationships that threaten to pull us under? We’re all swimming at our own risk from the time we exit the womb to the day we return to the Great Mother, and no matter how religiously we put our faith in seatbelts, bike helmets, fluoride toothpaste, college degrees and antioxidants, safety has never been part of our birthright.

2 Responses to “Danger!”

  1. Claire says:

    And the meteorologist gave the forecast: “Mostly sunny with a chance of unexpected storms and intermittent despair.”

  2. Val Palk says:

    As one gets older, the desire to plunge into the depths and experience this intensity decreases and that’s the saddest thing of all.

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