As we get older, it’s easy to stay within our shell. Shells are comfortable, after all, even if they’re a bit confining. Sometimes just living our life seems like enough of a risk. Why would we want to take unnecessary chances?
There are a few answers to that. The biggest one is that taking chances helps us grow and figure out what we do and don’t like. Taking a calculated risk can be exhilarating and fun. It teaches us things that we might have not known about ourselves beforehand. And if we take a risk with loved ones by our side, then we might have a great bonding experience if nothing else. The “calculated” part is important, though. Going swimming in a raging river is technically a risk, but it’s not a very good one. As a general rule, try to avoid bringing emergency rescue services into your life experiences. There are just some things that offer an incredibly high risk for pretty much no real reward. Avoid those things. Instead, try things that you’ve always been curious about but talked yourself out of for whatever reason.
Plan a Night at the Casino
If you play your cards right (pun very much intended), a night at the casino can be a real treat. Head up to the Coos Bay, Oregon, area with some friends and some cash, then start rolling those dice and pulling those slot machine handles. Some people avoid casinos because they fear they’ll go overboard and lose all their money, but you probably have more self-control than you realize. If you’re worried, though, set a strict budget at the beginning of the night, and then stick to it. It’s up to you where you want to spend it. Some people love the penny slots, while others feel most at home in the middle of a table game. But once the gambling money is gone, then leave the casino floor. Don’t let yourself visit the ATM for more money. Have as much fun as you can with what you’ve got, and then head to the bar and have a couple of drinks with friends.
Ride a Motorcycle
Motorcycles can be fascinating and scary all at once. Sure, you’ve got the wind in your hair and the open road in front of you, which must feel really freeing, but what if you get into a bad accident? The fear of the worst-case scenario keeps many people from ever hopping onto a hog. But a motorcycle ride is worth experiencing at least once, as long as you do it safely. Ride with a friend or family member whom you trust. Wear a helmet, even if the person driving the motorcycle isn’t (not all states mandate helmet use, unfortunately). Ask to travel the more sparsely-driven back roads rather than major interstate highways. Put your safety first, since you won’t enjoy the experience if you don’t feel like you’re as protected as possible. After the ride is over, you may become hooked and decide to buy your own Harley-Davidson, but even if you don’t, at least you know you gave it a shot.