I know it’s not a flattering thing to say about oneself, but it’s true. I’m risk-averse. I don’t like doing things that will either make me look foolish, injure me, or expose me to ridicule in some way. In school, I never raised my hand to answer a question unless I was 100% sure I knew the right answer. If there was even a scintilla of doubt, I kept silent. I don’t like performing in front of other people, be it singing or dancing or acting, so I never auditioned for parts in any plays or musicals, and I absolutely do not do karaoke or charades. This all makes me sound very dull, and I’m really not. I like to have a good time and enjoy myself with friends and family.
When it comes to trying things that might cause me injury or could even kill me should things go south, I absolutely REFUSE to go skydiving, not just because of my crippling fear of flying, but because while I don’t have a fear of heights…extreme heights is another story. What’s more, who jumps out of a perfectly serviceable airplane? Or goes bungee jumping off a bridge? It’s like you’re asking to be killed. No thanks. I’ll stay on terra firma and watch the rest of you act like Evil Knievel.