After talking about Thoreau and Walden a few weeks ago I decided to see what options are available today for people who aren’t content just to follow society’s expectations. Not surprisingly there are gazillions of self-help books that are more than happy to give advice. A lot of them have ideas worth trying, but even they tend to over-hype the rewards and minimize the problems and potential dangers.
The title of one of the books is Path of Least Resistance — Learning to Become a Creative Force in Your Own Life. I’ll probably talk about the contents in a later post, but it’s the title that has my attention right now. I keep thinking of water following the path of least resistance. Sometimes that means falling off a cliff!
That’s probably just the pessimism of age speaking. There comes a point in one’s life that one says, “Yeah, sure,” when someone says don’t think about limitations: “If you can think it, you can do it.” Uh, huh. I’ll just stick with my, “Doing the best I can with what I have left.” I still have plenty of enthusiasm left, but I also try to be realistic about the projects I work on.
For instance, I think I’ll skip trips down the Zambezi River to see the hippopotami:
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What about you? Has your sense of adventure ever gotten you into situations that would have been best avoided?