We’ve had an introduction to the world of daredevils recently. We watched firsthand, people taking their passions, and making it happen — in a crazy kind of way.
Like on 60 minutes the other week there was a bit about the Birdmen. This group of guys who put on Wingsuits and jump off cliffs.
Then there was the group of 10 year old boys at the ice rink who shot themselves full force towards the wall. (I think they were practicing the hockey stop.)
The conversation with G went like this as I tried to explain the daredevil…
“So they’re bad?”
“No, they’re not bad.”
“But they’re devils.”
“Right, they’re daredevils. It’s different than the little red guys with the pitchfork.”
It took several rounds of the above before I could get the point across that the devils she was thinking about don’t really exist. These daredevils are people who go to extremes to pursue their passion.
Then we were back to her saying, “So they’re bad?”
I don’t think they’re bad. The boys at the ice rink were kind of rough- one of them did knock G over, but bad?
And the Birdmen, well they’re not bad either. They’re intense. Some have died doing this jump.
I am all for pursuing a passion. But going to an extreme to do it?
They’ve got to be responsible.
What are your thoughts on daredevils?