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Old 06-25-2014, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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My wife and I are in the middle of the lengthy process of applying to the Peace Corps. "Toughest job you'll ever love," etc., so it's definitely out of our comfort zone. Dangerous? I dunno, but so many Peace Corps journals mention getting seriously sick at some point.

However, our application has just hit a snag: we want to work in a Spanish-speaking locale, because we want to learn Spanish--one of our main motivations all along. In a recent 3-hour interview, we were told that we had to already know Spanish! We had thought that the immersion language training that the Peace Corps was known for was part of the deal. That, apparently, does not apply as far as Spanish goes, because there are so many applicants that already know Spanish. Anyway, it's all pending as our recruiter is going to work on this because she wants us in the Corps. Stay tuned.
Good luck! Hope this works out for you!
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:59 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I think that for a lot of retired people it means going out and buying a Harley.
Depending on where you drive it, and your driving habits, that could well be considered living dangerously.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Honestly I'm a disaster waiting to happen. I will try almost anything. For years my motto has been I would rather die in a parachuting accident than in a nursing home. And I mean it! If it scares me, I will do it...
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default "Dangerous" is such a relative word!

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I think you guys are taking the word dangerous too literally
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Perhaps the word should be "daring" instead of "dangerous". I don't mind being challenged; just don't want to experience danger.
Yes, in the context of the magazine article or the book, it sound to me like "dangerous" was meant more in the sense of "daring".

"Dangerous" is such a relative term. My mother was afraid of her own shadow - to her everything was dangerous. At the other extreme, some people seem to thrive off of REAL danger.

I am in the middle. Here are things I have done which some people might consider dangerous but are really not:

1. Skiing
2. Piloting private airplanes
3. Hitch-hiking around Europe
4. Riding motorcycles, both dirt and street
5. Long-distance bicycling (Seattle to Los Angeles is the longest trip)

Now, at age 70, since I have done those things I have gotten them more or less out of my system and I no longer have the desire to do them. Color me conservative in old age, although I still get up on ladders to do maintenance tasks and I still drive about 15 mph faster than the speed limit when traffic conditions permit.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Moving to the far northern reaches of Maine.
tup-that'd do it for me. Almost any place in Maine actually.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:32 PM
 
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Yes, in the context of the magazine article or the book, it sound to me like "dangerous" was meant more in the sense of "daring".

"Dangerous" is such a relative term. My mother was afraid of her own shadow - to her everything was dangerous. At the other extreme, some people seem to thrive off of REAL danger.
OP said 'or step out of one's comfort zone' which to me can take it a whole different direction that doesn't have to involve risk of physical harm:

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One item on the list was "do something dangerous"… or step out of one's comfort zone.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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One would perhaps think I'd have had enough of danger after the military in the '60s-'70s and law enforcement for all of the 80s but no. Dummy here had ta confront it agin by not only growin older but compoundin it by movin ta the Ozarks amongst all a them feudin' hillbillies. But I got my squirrel gun locked 'n loaded, my stash a shine safely tucked away an' my houn dogs a-patrollin' the place. Life's gud!

Seriously - well, almost - advancing years are probably danger enough. We all know how that's going to end. In the meantime we simply try to live our lives to the extent our bodies permit. Life IS good.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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You could buy a motorcycle or take a nude cruise. That would be considered by many plenty dangerous.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:41 PM
 
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I've been reading various retirement books and articles since I am almost a year away from retirement. One item on the list was "do something dangerous" or step out of one's comfort zone. Normally, I would think of something like skydiving or having an affair (neither of which will likely happen). Given my knee injury, I doubt many physical things like hiking the Appalachian Trail will happen either. This has me kind of stumped - guess I'm too comfortable. So I am very curious, what would your "do something dangerous" list include?
trip to Antarctica!
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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Yes, I think the intent here was "daring" not dangerous.

Dangerous to me means death is a distinct possibility. I have always been an adrenaline junky and have done a lot of dangerous things - mountain climbing and ski mountaineering (have lost friends to both) in particular - and I still like a thrill but am past needing to be on the edge.

My wife and I like to travel in 3rd world countries, mix with the locals, take local buses, eat from street stalls. Not dangerous but it does push you out of your comfort zone a bit.
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