On Being Careful

We live such careful lives these days. We ride our bikes and wear helmets. We drive our cars and wear seat belts. It seems that we strive to not only be politically correct at every turn but to live our lives in a “middle of the road” kind of way. We want to achieve balance between work and home, between the personal and the professional, between the fun stuff and the stuff we think we have to do. Where has the spontaneity gone? The passion? Why don’t we throw caution to the wind anymore? What are we afraid of?

I think it may be all about money and what isn’t about money may be about fear. We are afraid to throw caution to the wind and live spontaneously because what if something unexpected happens? What if we ride our bike with no helmet and get hurt? I see a cascade of money resulting from that decision. Do we have health insurance to take care of that injury? What if we have a head injury and are permanently impaired? Then we can’t work and make money. Who will care for us and how? Money andĀ fear. All because we just jumped on our bike one day and took a ride up the street without a helmet.

In a more innocent time, such fears never occurred to us.

These fears have dulled our passion for life and its joys. We think many frames ahead. We plod along, living the life we think we want or have to live, and we don’t have the fun we want to have because of fear. Live your best life. Don’t be afraid. You only have one.

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