Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I dare you!

I was thinking about how nice it was to take a blogging break after the hectic pace of the A-Z Challenge.  It was nice to let the brain cells relax but I missed everyone.  That's what happens when the party's over.  Everyone goes home and there's only popped balloons and cake crumbs left amid the tattered and limp streamers.

So, my shower thoughts this morning turned to challenges.  And then to dares.  What's the difference?  I'm always up for a challenge - always!  But I'm a little more wary of dares. 

To me a challenge is its own reward.  It must be hard enough to seem almost impossible but not totally.  For instance, if someone challenged me to a foot race, I'd probably see that as more of a dare.  I know I'd lose.  But I'm not always that clever nor are challenges always so obviously not winnable.  In fact,  having only an outside chance at winning  makes a challenge really worthy.  I really like having the competition to force me to up my game. 

But a dare is also something that is within reach - just.  It does have risk involved but perhaps the risk is more than just losing face.  The risk could be bodily injury, jail or exile from the gang.  However, beginning a challenge which is only just doable also has similar risks.  Climbing Everest is certainly risking injury. The jail result could be from any number of illegal - and stupid - stunts that we humans do.  And exile?  Well, if I challenge myself to do something and I fail, then I may exile myself from the challenge group.  But a dare seems to have more dire and lasting consequences.  Or, does it? 

OK...that's enough mental meandering.  I definitely think I need to find another challenge, don't you?  Anybody got one?  Go, on...I dare you!

7 comments:

EmptyNester said...

Wow. That must have been one long shower. LOL My mind does that when I'm walk/running. Problem is, by the time I get home I don't remember my wonderfully brilliant points and, therefore, cannot get an awesome post out of them like you can. :)

Ginny said...

Now you've got me to thinking...I'm just glad you didn't dare me to do anything!

Patricia Stoltey said...

The challenge for me is to beat that To Do List into submission. It's pretty long...

Susan Kane said...

You may not know what you are wishing for when you dare someone...I am safe, though. Just keep writing, that's all.

Cindy said...

I was also thinking the shower might have been running way too long. Always to conserve. Wonderful challenge and post. I too was thinking of a blog break, took one and seemed to loose a lot. It isn't worth the break. I'm trying to get back, and to my friends, and the challenge of finding something to write about sometimes is its own challenge. I'm interested in where people are, what you see when you go for a walk, your area, garden art....oh ok, I dare you to write about 30 minutes from where you live, all of it so that might include businesses as well. I know that might be a little much to ask for. Finally I have found something to write about these days, he is handsome and handy come have a look http://besidethetrail.ca/hatsnhospitalitea/garden-tour-flowers-plants/a-rainbow-inn-my-garden/

Rudee said...

Ha! I agree with Empty Nester. That was a long shower.

I won't shy away from a challenge, but I do tend to really think about the dares. One such dare is to finally pare down my yarn stash. I'm going to sell it, I think. We'll see if I'm up to it when the time finally comes.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You've got me wondering what you will be up to next!! ;) blessings ~ Tanna

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