Trekking, wildlife safari, angling and sport fishing, scuba diving, skiing, paragliding, parachuting, mountain biking, river surfing are all different examples of adventure sports currently in vogue. One becomes apprehensive about the risk factors involved but what is the point of leading a sluggish life? Thinking at a deeper but very obvious level, every moment of our lives is a risk in some way or the other.
Can you gain anything without taking any risk? So why can’t we risk a few moments of our lives that can thrill us and enrich our awareness of the world? For example, no amount of imaginative probing or explorations can ever recreate the undersea scene we can witness if we go scuba diving or snorkelling. We can learn a lot more when we trek or bike across the Himalayas or directly experience the atmosphere while paragliding or parachuting instead of just reading about them.
Opportunities coming our way should not be missed for the sheer force of the Ruskin Bond logic—till death comes, everything is life! If the Almighty has given us health enough, ‘To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield’, in tune with Tennyson’s Ulysses should be the universal motto of humankind.