Monday, January 26, 2015

Err on the Side of Caution

There are risks that we all encounter every day. Depending on where you live; the weather can pose hazardous conditions. Driving a car in general is a risk. It is also a phenomenal achievement for an individual hoping to gain independence. Following a brain injury, this privilege is often suspended. Fortunately I was able to regain my reaction time which allowed me to regain this mode of transportation. This week there is an impending snow storm which may make the driving conditions hazardous.

 That being said, I may cut my day short to be sure that I will not be on the roads during the coming climax of this weather. There are varying degrees of risk that must be negotiated. Charles Lindbergh is quoted as saying, “I don’t believe in taking unnecessary risks, but a life without risk isn’t worth living.” This quote allows an individual to realize that there will always be risky situations that we come upon in life. Perhaps the difficulty comes from deciphering which risks are warranted and which risks are not worth the attempt. Perhaps it takes a lifetime to fully master how one is going to conduct his/her self. There are methods that an individual needs to practice when deciding to attempt a hazardous situation.

I would love to here who has decided to abstain from a certain activity or activities as a result of his/her disability. The elderly, the very young and the disabled need to heed mostly every caution. It is important not to put the emergency medical staff at unnecessary risk. I always think of individuals that “brave” extremely hazardous avalanche conditions to seek a thrill by skiing in life threatening conditions. The emergency medical staff has families also and I hate to hear of the risks that they endure to rescue a person who never should have attempted the feat in which they got hurt. I would love to hear any reflections or experiences that you may have had. It is scary to consider what now I consider as warranted risk in comparison to what I would have considered as a thrill before I sustained my injury. As always, I thank you very much for reading.


1 comment:

  1. I think your insight is very well said. I can relate very well! It's a tough road, but if we keep striving to reach for the stars, we will get there one day... Hopefully sooner than later!
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