When are you too old to embark on adventures?

We all spend a good part of our formative years being told to grow up by the older generations. Once we finally get to that point, we are then told to act our age by the younger set that don’t particularly care for us somehow stealing their limelight. There is a large group of people out there that truly believe that crazy adventures ([intlink id=”1221″ type=”post”]top 10 most crazy adventures ever[/intlink]) and wild behavior should somehow come with an expiry date. Parents begin to sense that date arriving when their kids start to look at them with a level of embarrassment that is impossible to hide. The reality is that we all do a pretty good job of attaching labels and time frames to everything, so that we all end up believing that certain forms of behavior shouldn’t be followed once you reach a certain age. In the same way that we believe that kids under the age of 16 shouldn’t be allowed to drink or drive, we also believe that folks over the age of 40 should start to dress and behave in a way that is considered “mature” by the standards we create for ourselves.

The problem is that not every person of a certain age is hardwired the exact same way, which might mean that a 16 year old is a lot more responsible behind the wheel of someone twice their age. That also means that someone in their 40’s or 50’s may still have the mental and physical attributes to tackle a crazy adventure that a teenager couldn’t. What it doesn’t mean is that you should rush out on wild adventures just because your mind is telling you that you can still do all the things you did years ago, but you also shouldn’t simply give in and fade off into the sunset because of some age timetable that has been set by someone that knows nothing about you ([intlink id=”1139″ type=”post”]great results can come from crazy adventures[/intlink]).

The main question of this piece concerns the age at which you should start looking at slowing down and perhaps think about steering clear of crazy adventures. The truth is that there is no real easy answer to that question and it really does depend on the individual. While that may sound like nothing more than a way of simply avoiding answering the question, it really isn’t. There are people out there that are old and have kept themselves in great shape and who could easily handle things that I would never be able to. It all boils down to common sense and an understanding of your own limitations. With maturity comes the ability to do just that and it’s only when you lose sight of that when things start to become really dangerous. It’s all too easy for some to look at themselves as somehow invincible, all the while choosing to ignore the signs that their body is sending to them on a daily basis; those are the people that end up in over their head.

You also have to look at the so-called crazy adventure and be able to put it into perspective. We all have our own definitions of what we define as crazy, which means that something that seems incredibly wild and out there to me may in fact be something run of the mill to someone else. That simply all boils back down to knowing your limitations and understanding what you can and can’t do. For example, you may not be the greatest swimmer in the world, leading to you having a fear of going scuba diving or white water rafting. A person of the same age may be great in the water and have no qualms about such things. In short, your idea of crazy is their idea of a fun day out. Age should never get in the way of you trying something new or exciting, but your ability to actually complete that task is something that should always be in the forefront of your mind at all times.

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