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Old 06-25-2014, 09:39 AM
 
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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?
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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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?
Moving to the far northern reaches of Maine.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:50 AM
 
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Doing something 'dangerous' is different from doing something you haven't done before - or something where you risk failure. The idea of simply doing something 'dangerous' (for the sake of excitement?) -- sounds like something a teenager would do. By the time one reaches retirement age, most have pretty well determined their 'comfort zone' or how much 'danger/excitement' the really need in their life. If you haven't figured that out yet and are really seeking 'danger,' why wait for retirement? You aren't getting younger; go for it now!

I'm finding that a lot of post-retirement things I thought I would 'probably want to do' --- are no longer of much interest now that I am a little older and have all the time and freedom in the world. Retirement and growing older are pretty 'dangerous' in themselves.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:51 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Maybe indulging in a big breakfast with all the well-done bacon I can eat, and having a hot fudge sundae later the same day.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Moving to the far northern reaches of Maine.

Really? Move to Van Buren? OMG out on a limb huh?
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Retirement and growing older are pretty 'dangerous' in themselves.
You can say that again. I've fallen twice in the last six months, once at the end of my crumbling driveway (which just got completely repaved today ) and once on sidewalk ice. I don't really need any more danger.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:59 AM
 
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Talking to strangers can be dangerous I'll tell you.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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I… or step out of one's comfort zone.
I spend a couple of weeks each year in New Mexico. On this year's itinerary is a day visit to a clothing-optional spa. It'll be a first for me. It's too far out of DH's comfort zone so he'll drop me off and take a desert hike.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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I've always done "dangerous" things really enjoyed it because I am an adrenaline junkie I believe. Now that I can't do what I used to I'm dreadfully bored. I think about going ahead and doing some of those things anyway but for certain, I will end up seriously injured. So..... do we do dangerous things for the thrill knowing what the results will be or get some sense in our old age ? I'd hate to spend the remainder of my life in a wheel chair.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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So I am very curious, what would your "do something dangerous" list include?
Something I have often wanted to do that might fit the bill is white water rafting, no special physical skills or fitness required. Thrilling according to those that have done it, and there is a slight chance of getting killed. Fall overboard and you drown or get smashed against the rocks.
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