This week’s Comedy Around the World goes to Florida’s Everglades. I traveled to this strange place ten years ago. My friend and I went on the boat ride. You know, the one with the big fan on the top, that just skims the water.
We could see some of the alligators along the banks. At one area, the driver stopped the boat. He asked us, “Do any of you want to get out and stand in the Everglades?” My friend enthusiastically said, “Yes!” and jumped in. I knew what the bottom of a pond is like, so I said no. Plus, I would rather be considered chicken by the other tourists instead of the alligators.
When I look at the picture we had taken–him in the water, me sitting on the boat laughing at him–I used to regret not going into the water. But now it doesn’t bother me as much.
I don’t have to be a maniac and do every scary thing I can imagine. Maybe there were barnacles and snakes at the bottom. Or a pull tab from a pop can. Either way, it may have been dangerous.
Point is, my friend’s action wasn’t risky at all. To him. His risks aren’t mine, and mine aren’t his.
We only need to assess the pain factor (in embarrassment, extending our comfort zone, or actual physical danger) and act in our own best interests.
As long as we choose something that stretches us, I think that’s enough.