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Title: How brave are you? AKA: What was the most daring thing you've ever done?
Post by: jpcher on February 27, 2013, 06:35:17 PM
I just watched this video:

http://themavesite.com/wp/videos/devinsupertramp-worlds-most-insane-rope-swing-ever#respond

and thought No! Way! Uh.Uh. Never! would I ever try anything like that.


Then I started thinking about the most daring thing I've ever done . . . Sad to say, I got pretty much nuthin' :-\

I think that the most daring thing that I've ever done was when I went on an around-the-country-month-long motorcycle trip with a man that I met only 3 months before the trip. I kept thinking, what? Am I stupid? I just met the guy! He might turn out to be a wacko or something! (He became my LDH. ;D It was an awesome trip!)

I'm a pretty sedate person, happily living in my own environment.


Bungee jumping? Or parachuting? Or what these people are doing in the video? Yeah, I think it looks like awesome fun, but I just don't have the guts to do it.



What about you? How brave are you?
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Post by: JenJay on February 27, 2013, 06:46:31 PM
Moving from my tiny town with a population of 1800 to the suburbs of LA a few months after graduating high school. That's where now-DH was stationed. I had no job, no apartment, no furniture, etc. Our families threw us a going away/wedding reception and the cash we received in gifts paid for our uhaul rental and gas to get down there. Definitely the bravest leap of faith this girl ever took!

Other than that I'm not much of a risk taker!
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Post by: katycoo on February 27, 2013, 07:05:32 PM
I'm in both of these photos (somewhere ;) ):

(http://www.spencertunick.com/artistInfo/big/SPENCER-TUNICK-_433.jpg?2029)

(http://www.spencertunick.com/artistInfo/big/SPENCER-TUNICK-_478.jpg?2029)
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Post by: MorgnsGrl on February 27, 2013, 07:27:29 PM
I'm in both of these photos (somewhere ;) ):

That's so cool! I saw the documentary about Spencer Tunick's work and think he's really creative and interesting!
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Post by: otterwoman on February 27, 2013, 07:37:45 PM
I was a photo major in college. I shot nudes. One week my models were sick, so I was my own model. I then had to show the photos to my entire class.
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Post by: katycoo on February 27, 2013, 07:44:27 PM
I'm in both of these photos (somewhere ;) ):

That's so cool! I saw the documentary about Spencer Tunick's work and think he's really creative and interesting!

It was a LOT of fun to be part of - but definitely a strange experience!
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Post by: Softly Spoken on February 27, 2013, 07:48:19 PM
I take an advanced acting class and this quarter our instructor is having us all do sexual scenes. No nudity but intense language, and "suggested adult situations." I get to strip down to my cami and roll around with this guy in bed. :o Weird and funny and awkward in rehearsal...when we have to do it in front of strangers it will be scary as heck! :-[

I guess this is what you get when your instructor asks you what you want to get out of the class this time around and I say "I want to push my boundaries." ::)

The most daring thing was signing up for the class in the first place (my first monologue ever was of a girl losing her mind in an asylum), and each quarter I get to be a little braver. ;)
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Post by: CrochetFanatic on February 27, 2013, 07:51:18 PM
I'm not much of a risk taker, especially when it comes to heights.  Though when I was about four, I used to get the tire swing going as high as I could before hanging upside-down and letting my hair brush the ground.  My mother finally caught me in the act, punished me in a way that I thought was severe at the time but was probably mild in retrospect, and made my father take down the swing.  Now, looking back, I cringe at how easily I could have broken my neck!
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 27, 2013, 07:56:35 PM
I'm losing my nerve a bit as I get older but I currently do a somewhat 'extreme' sport and used to do another.

I downhill ski and up until last year, I regularly skied the black and double black runs at my local ski hill.  I don't do moguls or glades.  Now, I'm in Ontario so this isn't like doing black runs out west at the big resorts but for a 40+ year old woman who has only been skiing regularly since 2005 and is about 80 lbs overweight, I think I'm doing pretty good.   :)

I used to whitewater kayak.  For those of you who've been rafting on the Ottawa River, I've kayaked that, except for the very first rapid - my skills weren't up to skirting Phil's Hole or taking the raft route down the tongue of the Hole.

Because of the above two sports, I've had a few people think that I must want to try parachuting.  Not a chance!  The only way I'm parachuting is if the plane is going down.  Sure, whitewater kayaking is dangerous but at least I can control my own fate, to some extent.  With the parachuting, I have to depend on the fact that someone else has packed the 'chute correctly and even with the controls on the 'chute, I don't think I would have as much control as I have with my paddle in the 'yak.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on February 27, 2013, 08:01:23 PM
Jumping out of a plane strapped to someone else
Bungee jumping
Cave diving in Mexico

I will never do any of these things again
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Post by: Amara on February 27, 2013, 08:15:55 PM
Going on a one-person caving tour when I already had a sense that being underground was NOT for me. I was the only one to sign up that day for the three-hour tour of crawling through an underground cavern in California's gold country (though they had tour groups that took the "stand-up" one). I had to wear overalls and heavy-duty shoes.

Now you may say no big deal. And that would be true if I did not have a genuine phobia about being trapped underground. I own books about deep caving and cave diving and deep wreck driving--I must like to scare myself--and I can feel myself panic as I read them so imagine what I felt when about halfway through the trip we had to crawl and scrawl and crunch ourselves and our day packs, pushed ahead of us, to get beneath and around some rocks to the next place where I could at least kneel.

Even writing this out makes my heart rate skyrocket and my breath to become very rapid. In other words, I am re-feeling the same panic I felt at the time. I had to, literally, fight back nausea and the urge to start screaming while I forced myself if not into a state of calm at least one of non-hysteria where I wouldn't claw the instructor to death.

Last year, when my employer tried to move me into another department that was underground--the offices were under the theatre and the entire downstairs was composed of giant cement blocks--it didn't come as any surprise to me that I quickly relived that awful experience.

Does anyone else remember that one episode of the original Mission Impossible where Barbara Bain's character was captured by what were strongly implied to be the East Germans? They discovered that her fear was the same as mine and used it to try and get her to talk. It's the only episode I do remember, and it still makes me shiver to see (in my mind) her crawling through that air duct. (And there were other incidents between that one and the tour where I had hints that I did have this phobia so I admit to being surprised at myself that I signed up for the tour so blithely.)
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Post by: ladyknight1 on February 27, 2013, 08:27:56 PM
Physically daring? Whitewater rafting, rollercoasters

Other: Moving halfway across country by myself, going back to school with classmates less than half my age
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on February 27, 2013, 08:37:00 PM
When I was about 13, I went to King's Dominion with a camp and up till that point I'd been terrified of rides that went upside down.  There was a pirate ship that not only swung back and forth but went upside down and I finally said "Oh what the heck!" and went on it.  Going on a roller coaster that went upside down was another thing but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

I still don't like the super duper looper in Hershey Park.  Unlike other rollercoasters with loops, it only has a lap belt and something that goes over your knees instead of a harness like most have.  I feel like I'm going to fall out when it goes in a loop.

I haven't gone skydiving or bungee jumping but I get quite a thrill from ziplining and parasailing. I don't know if that's really brave though since I'm not afraid of heights. 

I felt more brave when I finally stood up to my father and refused to let him bully me.  Mind you I was shaking like a leaf once he left (and called dh saying I was crazy) But it felt good to be finally at the point where I could stand firm and refuse to give into his bullying and manipulative tactics. :)

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Post by: doodlemor on February 27, 2013, 08:42:32 PM
The "brave" thing that I did was also probably pretty dumb, at least by today's standards of safety in schools.

A little boy came up to my desk first thing in the morning and put a **hand grenade** in the middle of the papers, and told me that his uncle had brought it home from the South Pacific.

I picked it up very quickly, and swooped out the door and down the stairs to the principal's office.  The staff there told me that the principal was not in that day.  I told the secretaries that XXX had bought a grenade to school that day, and I was leaving the grenade on the principal's desk, because I couldn't have it in the classroom.  They gave me rather startled looks as I went back to my classroom as quickly as possible - teachers can not leave children unattended. 

I found out later that day that the school's 2nd in command person had just called the child's mother to come and get the thing, and she did.

In later years I would probably have handled this much differently.  I do think that the police should have been called to get the thing and do whatever police do with stuff like that.
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Post by: mandolinn on February 27, 2013, 08:59:12 PM
Among other things, I've managed to jump out of a perfectly good airplane 300 times and land safely each time, drive across the US alone with no plan of action other than be home in three weeks, even though I'd never been away from the east coast of the US,  and travel to volunteer in a foreign country for a few weeks during summer break--all of the above despite being almost painfully introverted and not daring at all. Thankfully I don't think too much before doing.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 27, 2013, 09:06:45 PM
I am a wuss. A very shy, didn't use to have a lot of self-confidence wuss. A year after I graduated from college, my friend who lived in the area, had a Christmas party. i saw a cute guy standing under the mistletoe, and I went over and k*ssed him. what can I say? never went anywhere, but I think he was a flattered as i was surprised at myself for doing it!

The other was attending my 25th HS reunion. I was on the fence, but asked a friend and said if you go, i will. I almost chickened out a week before, but kept telling myself if I didn't go, I'd probably regret it. Also, my friend "outed" me on the reunion FB page saying we were both going. I am so glad I did as I had a blast, reconnected with a lot of folks, and am looking forward to my 30th next year!
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Post by: Slartibartfast on February 27, 2013, 10:45:38 PM
I flew down to Haiti, alone, to teach music at a school for disabled former street children.  To say that the venture turned out to be a soul-crushing mistake would be a massive understatement.  It did teach me that I would prefer to restrict any future vacations to first-world countries, though  :-\  (Also: kreyole is very, very different from both French and English.  I went down there assuming I would be able to communicate, and I was wrong.  Written kreyole is similar to phonetic french, so I was able to write things down, but that doesn't help when a large portion of the population can't read.)
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Post by: AuntieA on February 27, 2013, 10:48:24 PM
Physical: jumped off a 20' cliff into a cenote when I was 42.

Non-physical: resigned after 23 years in the same facility, when I was only 5.5 years from retiring with a full pension (last November). I am now working on getting a job in the private sector, rather than in the provincially-run health care system.
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Post by: Maude on February 27, 2013, 11:02:42 PM
I was on playground duty at my K-6 school.Some girls raced up to me saying that there was a man in the girls'toilets.I quickly went down there and confronted the guy.I told him to f#ck off before I called the police.He took off quick smart.We called the police anyway,they interviewed me.It was only then that I realised how dangerous a situation it was.Fortunately there were no girls present when the man was in there.
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Post by: Bijou on February 27, 2013, 11:05:47 PM
This might seem like a lazy girl's bravery, but to me it was the hardest thing I had ever done.  I was in 5th grade, painfully (and I do mean painfully) shy.  They were casting parts for the Christmas play.  The teacher asked if anyone wanted to audition for this one of the leads.  My hand shot up in the air almost with a mind of it's own.  My teacher was so surprised and shocked that she gave the part to me. 
The epilog is that I learned the part, rehearsing with my year-younger sister, who was also in the play.  I got a cold the week of the performance, they couldn't hear me in the back row, so my sister got to do my part.  I got her line, "And we can have some chocolate."  Grrrr.
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Post by: WillyNilly on February 27, 2013, 11:14:33 PM
I jumped out of an airplane  ;D

And I did a Warrior Dash
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Post by: Nikko-chan on February 27, 2013, 11:38:56 PM
I.... auditioned for a solo, even though I can't sing >.<
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Post by: Waterlight on February 28, 2013, 05:40:59 AM
Climbing THIS:

(http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/8/9/8/highres_139890872.jpeg)

You can just barely see the boot tracks in the snow in this photo... that is the way across a "little snow patch" I'd been told about that ended up being a 300-yard-wide, steep, and very very exposed Traverse of Terror on the way to the summit of Crystal Peak, near Mt. Rainier.

Even better:  I was the only woman in a climbing party of eight.   8)


Edited to add:  No, I didn't climb Mt. Rainier itself.  I climbed a peak within a couple of miles of it that was about half Rainier's height.  The view in the photo is of the snowfield about a mile (and 1000 vertical feet) down from the summit of Crystal Peak.  Overall we had to hike 3100 vertical feet in 4 miles to get to the summit.  So the "drop" down from the snowfield in the photo is about 2000 feet to the bottom of the mountain.   :o  In other words, a slip-and-fall from that height and angle would have been fatal.
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Post by: athersgeo on February 28, 2013, 06:08:57 AM
Jumping off a five metre diving board.

Abseiling down a cliff, getting half way down and sitting down against the rock face (feet pointing up the cliff), then laying down (so head pointing downwards), then letting go of the rope and stretching my arms out straight...actually, that last part was what I was SUPPOSED to do. I don't actually remember if I actually got into the full position or if I couldn't quite make myself let go of the rope!

Walking the length of an Israeli Wadi along an unfenced a goat track that ran roughly thirty or forty feet up the wadi wall with a sheer drop to the wadi floor. (It was probably a trek of about three or four miles, all told. THEN, of course, we had to climb OUT of the wadi to meet the coach...)

None of those sound terribly impressive, until you realise that I have absolutely NO head for heights. The first one was the only time I've ever let anyone talk me into doing something I didn't want to do (I was about twelve at the time and didn't have the spine to say "Not on your life!"); the second was on an adventure holiday and actually wasn't too bad because most of the time you're not actually looking down at all...letting go of the rope though...not so much!; the third one was definitely the worst, though. I was an absolute wreck by the time we got to the coach, and I got no sympathy of anyone because "We're all tired", no, I'm not "tired" I'm "terrified". There's a difference.

Then there was the school talent show where I sang a Madonna song, dressed in a VERY low-cut top, very VERY short mini-skirt and, effectively, propositioned my head mistress...
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 28, 2013, 07:17:34 AM
This is more general than specific, but as I got older, I was able to go up to someone, say working in a store, or in that type of situation, say excuse me, and ask them whatever I needed to. This sounds minor, but being painfully, extremely shy as a child, it was paralyzing for me to do anything like this.  Now, as an adult in my 40's, I'm the opposite. I have a  friend who told me, and I took this as a compliement "I've never known you NOT to speak your mind"
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Post by: GraceSullivan on February 28, 2013, 08:00:35 AM
Its sad to me that so many are disparaging of their own accomplishments and daring acts.  They all sound awesome to me!  I also find it interesting that the most daring thing we've done is our own definition of daring.  Its different for everyone, so don't knock yourselves!

I've moved to four different states (US) to live and work where I didn't know a soul.  I've made life-long friends in some of these places, but not in all. 

Drove across the US by myself, during the winter, just to say that I had done it.

Did a tandem parachute skydive--would love love to do it again.

Gave a technical presentation to my entire company.  This is probably the biggest one.  I have a real fear of public speaking, and I actually volunteered to do this presentation because I felt the project was important enough.

Traveled to Thailand and Cambodia alone (although with a small group (of strangers) and a guide once in those countries).

Walked half way, okay a third of the way, okay 100 feet across the bridge at Deception Pass on Whidbey Island near Seattle.  Yeah, I can't take heights.
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Post by: MissRose on February 28, 2013, 08:18:55 AM
I have to say singing onstage in front of a few hundred people without advanced warning and preparation.

A few years ago, I was visiting my best male friend overseas, and we went to a mall one of the days.  A local radio station was doing a roadshow thing partly to promote the reopening of a large department store.  It was also at the time that X Factor UK auditions were being televised so they were getting people onstage to sing a bit.  The DJ asked anyone else, and I noticed my friend shaking his head and said "pick her" referring to me.  So the DJ had me come on stage but I gave my purse to my friend to hold onto, and I am sure no one hassled him as he is fairly tall.

I got onstage, and the DJ was shocked that a local wasn't picked when he asked my name, where I was from and name of my favorite artist.  Then he said "what will you sing" and I picked a song by the artist that had been released recently and was a local hit of sorts.  I sang acapella, did not get booed and got applause.  Then I was handed 20 pounds worth of vouchers to the department store as a prize. 

I got my payback the next day as I dragged my friend into the store and he had to stand with other guys outside the changing rooms while I picked out a few outfits! >:D
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Post by: Bethalize on February 28, 2013, 08:44:52 AM
The most daring thing I ever did was go to a BoxFit class. I have never been so nervous. Job interviews, performances, speeches and presentations are all easy but hoiking myself out of my comfort zone and taking that first step took bravery.

In a similar story, I'd had two initial shooting lessons and had been out for another hour with a friend when I went to a Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club (http://ladies-shooting.com/shotgun-chelsea-bun/) meeting. I was advised that it would probably be really tweedy and snooty, but it was down to earth and friendly and really nice. I shot reasonably well (i.e. I only hit clay pigeons!) and I met lots of really nice people. If any UK people want to try clay shooting I can recommend this as a brilliant way to start.
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Post by: Kari on February 28, 2013, 08:47:51 AM
I'm getting jealous of all the brave feats described here! My own acts of bravery are just personal victories of me pushing myself out of my comfort zone:

-Went to Greece when I didn't know the language
-Went to NYC for a day trip all by myself
-Took Latin dance lessons without a partner
-Gave a speech at Independence Hall
-Walked across a rope bridge (a single rope for feet, two ropes for hand-held balance)
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Post by: bopper on February 28, 2013, 09:12:03 AM
Agreed to move to Germany (from the USA) for 3 years with my DH!
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Post by: Virg on February 28, 2013, 09:13:33 AM
I talked down someone I'd never met who was pointing a gun at me.  I'm not sure it qualifies as "daring" because I didn't see any other options at the time.

Virg
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Post by: Hmmmmm on February 28, 2013, 09:29:18 AM
I don't think I'm very brave at all. Though I've done a ton of whitewater rafting and kayaking, done cave diving in Mexico, parasailed, jumped off a 30ft cliff into a cenote, repelled down a side of a mountain, snorkled around sharks, I never felt the need for bravery because I didn't have a fear of doing any of it. Yes, moments of adranaline or thinking "ooh maybe this is more than I'm capable of doing." but not true fear. But I do have this odd fear of bridges and once when I was walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado I got to the middle, could see the river way way way down below me through the bridge slats and I suddenly had to sit down on the bridge.  Took me almost 5 minutes to be able to get up and walk back.   

Anything I'm truly afraid of, like picking up a snake, I just won't do.
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Post by: Thipu1 on February 28, 2013, 09:32:52 AM
I'm a real wuss but I have done a few things that people consider brave. 

A few years ago, in Hawaii, we took a helicopter ride over an active volcano. Tourists do this every day.  The kick was that we paid extra to have the doors taken off.  It was all perfectly safe because you wore a four-point harness.  Still, when many people hear about it, they go a little green. The wind, the heat and the sulphur smell were amazing!

In the non-physical area, I went by myself on a tour of the Soviet Union in 1971.  It was an American Express guided tour so, again, it was perfectly safe but my father was a basket case. 
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Post by: Cat-Fu on February 28, 2013, 09:48:24 AM
I went ziplining over by an active volcano (not over the actual volcano, though I would have if the line went over it!). One of the lines was about 1,000 feet up! The hotel I stayed at was across a lake from the volcano; I watched it ooze lava the night before I was supposed to go ziplining.
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Post by: Morrigan on February 28, 2013, 10:31:29 AM
Hiking 12 of the 18 miles in one day of Jordan River Valley with a friend.  We hadn't meant to hike that much!  We were trying to do half of it, so only 8 or 9 miles, but the path to turn off of wasn't very well marked, so we missed it and had to make our own trail.
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Post by: Seraphia on February 28, 2013, 10:51:26 AM
I don't do a lot of brave things, but once in a while, my courage peeks out.

I went overseas for a choir trip in college - pretty safe. But, one day when we had some 'tourist' time, I went off by myself and found a park to relax in away from everyone. I couldn't believe I did that - I don't like going places I don't know when I'm at home and speak the language. I also went shopping in a foreign department store (not a tourist spot) and bought shoes from someone who didn't speak any English. That was actually pretty fun!
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Post by: heartmug on February 28, 2013, 12:56:01 PM
I got married.



 ;D
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Post by: RebeccainGA on February 28, 2013, 01:15:16 PM
I moved in with someone for the first time in my life - halfway across the country, in an area I'd never lived in nor knew anyone besides my DP in. That was a big one, emotionally - I'm still the only member of my immediate family outside the state of Florida - and my sister still lives with my parents!

I also went parasailing. In a skirt. Over the Atlantic. (I wasn't planning on going - I was in a knee length denim skirt - my ex talked me into it....) I have photos. It was great.
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Post by: exitzero on February 28, 2013, 01:25:02 PM
I don't consider myself that brave, but I have parasailed, gone up in a hot air balloon, went on an amusement park ride called "The Sky Screamer" which is as close to bungee jumping as I'll ever get. Rode an elephant. I have pet rats. I've traveled around the country by myself.
Sometimes I'm brave and don't know it...I once stopped a very drunk man from getting on the elevator in my building. (He had already announced that his girlfriend lived somewhere in the building but he "didn't know where") I blocked the door and refused to let him on, despite his tirade of "Don't you know who I am???" When the elevator doors closed, the few other women in the elevator stared at me, slacked jawed and told me how they couldn't believe how brave I was. I just didn't want some hostile drunk guy wandering the halls.
BTW, I did call the police right away and monitored the security camera from my apartment to make sure he didn't get in the elevator after I was gone.
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Post by: guihong on February 28, 2013, 01:45:23 PM
I too am sorry to hear posters self-depreciating their accomplishments.  I've been  :o at some of these fetes from everyday folks.

As for me:

*Going to China to teach English with 12 strangers.  I didn't speak a word of Chinese and had no training as a teacher (besides what we got before we left L.A.).    I ended up giving lessons in front of 200 Chinese students (aged between 21-40, so not children), and teaching all these students the Electric Slide and the Pata Pata.   Not to mention facing my own class of  16 young women every day.

*I took flying lessons towards my private pilot license, including flying from Denver to Las Vegas and back with my instructor, and flying over the Grand  Canyon  ;D.  I've always wanted to find the money to finish that, and to go on.

*I posed in the altogether for art classes in college.  The pay was good, I often got to sleep, and sometimes paintings or sculptures or whatever of me were pretty!
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Post by: Kaora on February 28, 2013, 01:54:58 PM
I have no problems speaking out if I think someone is doing something seriously, morally and ethically, wrong.  Otherwise, I'm a very quiet, shy person.

This means, the most daring thing I've done was defend a stranger I never met from being bullied back in my Middle School years.  He became my best friend until he had to move at the end of 7th grade.

Brave but stupid?  Going out and offroading on some of the big rocks aand dirt hills outside of town.  No pictures, maybe next time we do it, but more than once we ended up seeing the horizon sideways.  Thankfully, we were in a Jeep, so if we did roll, we should've been fine.  Thankfully, we didn't. :) I trust my BF's driving.
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Post by: Auntie Mame on February 28, 2013, 01:59:54 PM
Went into the Peace Corps.

Flying into a country by myself without any plans and not knowing where I would sleep.  That turned out to be amazing fun.

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Post by: lilfox on February 28, 2013, 02:07:17 PM
Career:  Spoken up at conferences or large meetings (at the appropriate time) to respectfully disagree with something the speaker has said or share a alternate opinion.  I had to be brave to have the confidence that I wouldn't sound ridiculous.

Physical: Took a hang-gliding lesson and flew gliders (sailplanes) for a few summers.  Parasailed, ziplined, and taken a flight in a helicopter (this scared me quite a bit!).  Gone on almost every type of roller coaster out there.  But piratelvr, I cannot do the Kings Dominion pirate ship!  Loops, backwards, standing up, faster, whatever, I can handle that.  But that pirate ship, it slows down and hangs upside down, sometimes for more than 10 seconds!  That is my line.   ;)

Other:  Moved cross-country by myself a bunch of times.
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Post by: mmswm on February 28, 2013, 02:17:12 PM
I inherited my father's taste for adventure.

-I started flying a small plane when I was 7 years old.  At that age, Dad had me in the co-pilot's seat ready to take over at any second.  By the time I was 12, he was reading a magazine in the co-pilot's seat while I piloted it without assistance.

-Dad and I went white water canoeing every time we were somewhere that white water existed (I grew up in Florida, so this would be when we went on vacation)

-I did a lot of mountain climbing in high school (again, on vacations), but a hiking accident my Sr. year ended that (I fell 20 feet and bounced and rolled down into a ravine another 60 or so feet).

-Dad and I went bungee jumping a few times.

-Dad shot professional fireworks as a hobby.  I've been on the sites since I was 6 days old.  By the time I was a teen, my taste for blowing things up was well developed.  I still like to blow things up (in a safe, controlled environment, that is).

Non-physical daring:

-I sang the US National Anthem solo for my undergraduate graduation ceremony.

-I sang at the public viewing for my uncle's funeral.  My uncle was a beloved local figure, so there were a lot of strangers there.

-I gave a short speech, completely impromptu, at the city council meeting that declared a certain day "mmswm's uncle day" in that city. At the end of that meeting, I also allowed myself to be interviewed by the dozen or so reporters that were there with news cameras, and the additional print news reporters.  These cameras came from the local news outlets as well as CNN and YNN, plus at least one reporter from the New York times.

Have I mentioned I'm terrified of public speaking?
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Post by: bloo on February 28, 2013, 02:25:46 PM
When I was in high school, two of the popular guys played a tasteless prank on our sweet Marketing & Distribution teacher. Normally a quiet, shy child, I was so incensed that I got up and ripped into the two guys and erased what they had done on the chalkboard. My M& D teacher was left confused but I walked back to my seat after telling her not to bother wondering about it. We moved on in class but my stomach was in knots afterward and I did wonder if there would be social repercussions but other than those two idiots leaving me alone, there wasn't.

I jumped off a 40 foot bridge when I was 24. I was (and am) afraid of everything so I push myself to say 'yes' to everything I want to say 'no' to and have had some wonderful experiences!
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Post by: Betelnut on February 28, 2013, 02:38:35 PM
Physical bravery--not so much.

Other brave actions: 

Moving overseas to a small tropical island for a job.  Didn't know anyone, had never been there.
Moving to NYC after that by myself.
Adopting a kid on my own.
Buying a house on my own.
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Post by: padua on February 28, 2013, 02:52:46 PM
i took boxing and sparred a girl who had 20 lbs on me. i came out of that one with a fat lip and a black eye.
flew an airplane.
parachuting and paragliding.
lived in africa where i skinned a goat and killed a chicken for dinner. i also tasted mopani worms (caterpillars), flying ants and goat intestine.
rode a camel when i lived in turkey.
went to east berlin which was terrifying in those days.
went backbacking through europe and ended up sleeping in bus stations and at the foot of waterfountains.
went to antartica and made out with a russian sailor.
stayed at a homeless shelter and got spit on.
did the shark cage thing and swam with sting ray.
had a baby.
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Post by: TylerBelle on February 28, 2013, 03:14:34 PM
We've got some brave souls on here with fascinating tales! ;D

I'm not much of a traveler. Love it, don't get much of an opportunity to do so. Though when I got the chance of going from home here in Texas to Oregon all by myself, I jumped on it. I've never done anything like that before (traveling that distance with just me). I met some friends there, but the to and from traveling was solo. Navigating through the airports, changing planes and then getting a rental car to drive through a major city (Portland)  and on to another city (Newport) was just so indescribable. And getting to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time took my breath away.

My aunt felt the need to scold me a little after I'd returned. She couldn't believe that I would do that all by myself. I don't care, there's not much I'd trade getting to go.
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Post by: Reader on February 28, 2013, 03:23:05 PM
I'm afraid of heights, or at least falling from heights.  I've sky dived twice, and done a climbing wall once.  Even managed to make it to the top and ring the bell.  Guess I was pretty good at climbing, because after I belayed down one of the spotters on my line asked if I wanted to do the next advanced wall.  I had warned them I was afraid of heights before I climbed, and he must have thought I was exaggerating, until I held both arms out and they were shaking so bad from adrenaline from being up that high so I declined.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on February 28, 2013, 03:28:24 PM
Physical danger:  DH and I hiked out to watch the lava flow into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii 23 years ago.  They did not have all the safety practices back then that they use now.  We walked out on lava so hot it melted the bottoms of our boots.  We could see the red hot lava flowing beneath us through holes in the crust.  We stood out on a ledge and watched the flowing lava explode when the waves hit it.  We felt the sulfuric acid sticking to our hair.

Then we remembered that hydrogen sulfide is not good to breathe and ledges are temporary geological features and we headed back to somewhere safe.  The ledge we stood on back then has since collapsed into the ocean.  People die every couple of years because they were standing on a ledge when it collapsed.

It was totally awesome and I'll never do it again!

Non-physical:  Leave my home state and family to move to Hawaii with my new husband who I had known 7 months.  23 years later - best decision I ever made.  Sometimes you have to tell your rational brain to be quiet and listen to your gut. :-*
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Post by: Kimberami on February 28, 2013, 03:33:22 PM
Cage fighting.  I was down 5 points to 0, and something in me snapped.  I proceeded to beat the tar out of the other lady. 
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Post by: bansidhe on February 28, 2013, 03:40:02 PM
My husband and I force-fed a rattlesnake. Several times. He (the snake, not my husband) was a rehab case and wasn't eating on his own and the only vet in town who would see him was being treated for cancer, so I just had to deal with things myself until the vet got better. (He's been cancer-free for years now, by the way.)

Other than that sort of thing, I lead a fairly dull life.
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Post by: perpetua on February 28, 2013, 04:00:06 PM
When I was in high school, two of the popular guys played a tasteless prank on our sweet Marketing & Distribution teacher. Normally a quiet, shy child, I was so incensed that I got up and ripped into the two guys and erased what they had done on the chalkboard. My M& D teacher was left confused but I walked back to my seat after telling her not to bother wondering about it. We moved on in class but my stomach was in knots afterward and I did wonder if there would be social repercussions but other than those two idiots leaving me alone, there wasn't.

The other way around: I stood up to a much-hated supply teacher who was mocking three girls in class for their weight. I was about 14 at the time. I went to the front of the class, squared up to him, got in his face and told him why he was wrong to do it and exactly what I thought of him in front of the whole class, then reported him. I was shaking like a leaf at the time and it probably wasn't EH approved, but I was so incensed I couldn't help myself. I was quite the class hero for a while after that.

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Post by: Barney girl on February 28, 2013, 04:02:11 PM
Abseiling off a viaduct when I was 17. It was fine once I got going, but climbing over the wall to start was nerve wracking as I felt I was observing myself and wondering if I would refuse. I think it was the presence of my classmates that made be go ahead.

One thing that surprises me is being told I'm brave about something when I don't see it as an issue. Over the last few years I've cycled along the Danube. The comments from colleagues is often "you are brave to do that". Why? There are good trains to get there, my bike is provided, hotels are booked, luggage taken on to the next stop, the route isn't strenuous and either I speak the language well enough to deal with problems (in Slovakia and Hungary I relied on German plus phrase book). It's not as though I was going into the wilderness, it's just a pleasant holiday with some exercise, so there's no bravery involved.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 28, 2013, 04:48:02 PM
I posted my physical ones upthread.

Non-physical:  I'd been working in the same job for over 13 years.  2 more years and I'd be at 5 weeks vacation.  I moved to a city 1.5 hours away where I knew no one for a new job.  Back to minimum vacation, bottom of the totem pole, 12 weeks of training, learning a new job; ACK!

But I'm still there almost 9 years later.
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Post by: whiterose on February 28, 2013, 05:00:08 PM
- I take road trips on my own. I have driven in the mountains of Colorado. And in Los Angeles.
- I have traveled to foreign countries on my own. OK, so they were Canada and the Bahamas. But it was the French part of Canada- and I spoke French as much as I could! I have yet to drive in a foreign country- but that may change in the future.
- I have pet mice. I still know one too many persons who have an aversion- if not downright fear- of my favorite little critters.
- I was the one who pursued my boyfriend first ;) I am the bolder, more aggressive, more rebellious one- he is calmer, better with people and emotions, and more lawful.
- I speak in public, have been on stage many times (and that does not count doing programs at my job), and have worn costumes in public.
- I have had to knock on many doors in my life. Many were slammed on my face or just left unanswered. But the biggest one was finally answered after my persisting and insisted it be reopened :)
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Post by: Kaora on February 28, 2013, 05:05:03 PM
When I was in high school, two of the popular guys played a tasteless prank on our sweet Marketing & Distribution teacher. Normally a quiet, shy child, I was so incensed that I got up and ripped into the two guys and erased what they had done on the chalkboard. My M& D teacher was left confused but I walked back to my seat after telling her not to bother wondering about it. We moved on in class but my stomach was in knots afterward and I did wonder if there would be social repercussions but other than those two idiots leaving me alone, there wasn't.

The other way around: I stood up to a much-hated supply teacher who was mocking three girls in class for their weight. I was about 14 at the time. I went to the front of the class, squared up to him, got in his face and told him why he was wrong to do it and exactly what I thought of him in front of the whole class, then reported him. I was shaking like a leaf at the time and it probably wasn't EH approved, but I was so incensed I couldn't help myself. I was quite the class hero for a while after that.

I'm pretty sure most etiquette goes out the window when a teacher abuses his students like that.  Good for you for standing up and reporting him, that was a very brave act!

Similarly, I just remembered this, I was in a science class in high school where we the teacher had passed out borrowed papers. marked in Sharpie with individual numbers, which everyone had to turn in at the end of class if we wanted to leave.

The teacher noticed one set was missing, number 19, and I was the only one who saw it in another kid's backpack, pulled it out myself and brought it back up.  They got into a load of trouble, and yes, I was kind of the teacher's pet for every single class.  I was scorned by the thief, though, for the rest of the semester. ::)

My BF just otld me I speak weirdly.  Whoops.  I blame being an Aspie poet.  I hope people can makeout what I'm saying :)
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Post by: guihong on February 28, 2013, 05:29:34 PM
I forgot one when I was much younger :) if I can:

When I was twelve, my older brother was earning a new rank in the Marines, something like that.  This was in San Francisco; my parents and I were in Cleveland.  My parents flew out the week before my spring break to attend the graduation; I was to follow on a non-stop flight from Cleveland to San Fran the next week (itself rather frightening).  Another of my brothers would put me on the plane at home, then my parents would meet me at SF.

Well, that was when there was an airline strike, and the nonstop flight got canceled.  My brother and I went to a travel agency, where the only option was flying first to Dallas-Ft. Worth (with a stop in St. Louis), spending the night at a hotel there, then catching another flight on to San Francisco.   Oh, and the only seat available was first class ;).  I spoke up and said "I'll take it!"  I had meal tickets and the hotel was on the airline, due to the striking.

My brother put me on the flight-writing down detailed instructions on the ticket envelope, which I still have today :).  All went well, and I managed to catch the little train to the hotel in Dallas (the airport is very different now).  The next morning, however, the flight to San Francisco was canceled!  I got into a line and told the person that I wanted the "next flight to San Francisco".  Obviously, this was way before cell phones, so I had no idea that I could think of for contacting my parents, already waiting for the expected flight.  When I got to San Francisco, I searched around the gates for a few minutes before I found them.

The only etiquette glitch I can think of is when I got myself and the suitcases back to the Dallas airport in the morning, a redcap offered to pull them over to the ticket counter to check in.  He waited for a few minutes, and I wondered why he wasn't getting more bags.  Then he says very slowly, "Two dollars, please!"   ;D.  I hadn't known anything about tipping them.

So, flying across the country that young was brave :).
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Post by: SamiHami on February 28, 2013, 06:11:12 PM
I drove from Charleston SC (in the Southern US) to Alaska and back. A looooooooong drive, including the entire Alaska highway-both ways. That highway is harrowing. There are some points where there is virtually no road-just a bunch of mud-and a sheer dropoff on one side. We had to wait for a pilot truck to come and lead us through those areas. Scary! But so, so worth it. The beauty was overwhelming.

Also got to go the Arctic Circle during that trip!

And here's a recent one. About a month ago I got into my car and realized there was a SNAKE on the floorboard! It terrified me (there are many poisonous snakes in my area and I can't tell one from another). Instead of jumping out of the car, screaming and crying like a baby, as I would have assumed I'd react...I grabbed my ice scraper and beat the thing to death, then flung it out of the car onto the front lawn.  Then sat in the front seat and cried like a baby. I never thought I'd do anything like that-purely an adrenaline reaction.

My DH thinks I just stunned it, as it was gone a little while later. Either that or a hawk got it (we have a lot of hawks here, too).
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Post by: QueenofAllThings on February 28, 2013, 06:59:30 PM
1. Sailed the Greek islands (with no knowledge) with 3 other people. It was amazing, and ignorance was bliss. If I knew then what I know now (how much danger we were in) I would never do it.

2. Left my apartment in NYC and quit an amazing job to move to the 'burbs and marry a widower with three small boys.  Don't know why I never questioned my sanity, but it was a tremendous leap of faith - and I've never looked back.

3. It's a little sad, but now that I'm in my 50's I find my annual cartwheel to be scary. 😉
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Post by: Editeer on February 28, 2013, 09:01:56 PM
Moved across the country (US--so 3,000 miles) at age 24. I did know a couple of people where I was going.

Fell in love with a man over e-mail and decided to go see him to see if our relationship was for real. I flew to Germany myself to meet a man I had never seen, knowing no one there, taking the risk that he would turn out to be an ax-murderer or just plain awful. We've been married 12 years. :)

Climbed Mt Conness. It's not a terribly dangerous climb but oh boy, if you look DOWN . . . !
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Post by: afbluebelle on February 28, 2013, 09:09:29 PM
If you define brave as something that scares the bejeebus out of you, but you do it anyway, I have one recent one.

Going to Seoul by myself by public transportation. I've never ridden trains/trams, I have a serious fear of large crowds/crowded areas, minimal sense of direction/homing device, and I don't speak a bit of Korean.

It was fun =) Plus, I got to ride the swan boats that are in the "Gagnam Style" video!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on February 28, 2013, 10:47:12 PM
If you define brave as something that scares the bejeebus out of you, but you do it anyway, I have one recent one.

Going to Seoul by myself by public transportation. I've never ridden trains/trams, I have a serious fear of large crowds/crowded areas, minimal sense of direction/homing device, and I don't speak a bit of Korean.

It was fun =) Plus, I got to ride the swan boats that are in the "Gagnam Style" video!

I wanna know....Did you do the horse dance?
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Post by: Thipu1 on March 01, 2013, 09:32:08 AM
Other members of our family have done some pretty gutsy things.

Mr. Thipu was a gonzo skier for years.  He also did sky diving, hang gliding and wreck diving.

Niece climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Nephew celebrated his Master's Degree by taking a bicycle ride from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine.

Maybe the gutsiest thing anyone in the family did was MIL and FIL's decision to leave China and move to the USA. 
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Post by: ladyknight1 on March 04, 2013, 09:33:05 PM
My husband is the bravest man I know.

When he was in airborne school, he was belaying from a helicopter, and his belay man took off. DH fell 200 feet. The next day he had to march 5 miles on his injured knees.
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Post by: afbluebelle on March 04, 2013, 10:09:56 PM
If you define brave as something that scares the bejeebus out of you, but you do it anyway, I have one recent one.

Going to Seoul by myself by public transportation. I've never ridden trains/trams, I have a serious fear of large crowds/crowded areas, minimal sense of direction/homing device, and I don't speak a bit of Korean.

It was fun =) Plus, I got to ride the swan boats that are in the "Gagnam Style" video!

I wanna know....Did you do the horse dance?

Heck yeah! I do the horse dance a lot of places though  ;D
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Post by: Virg on March 05, 2013, 01:38:25 PM
ladyknight1 wrote:

"When he was in airborne school, he was belaying from a helicopter, and his belay man took off. DH fell 200 feet. The next day he had to march 5 miles on his injured knees."

Forgive my cluelessness in this.  I can get behind "lucky" and he's certainly tough as nails, but I don't get the bravery aspect of what happened.  Did he know that this was going to happen or something else that's not obvious?

Virg
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Post by: ladyknight1 on March 05, 2013, 04:57:36 PM
DH didn't drop out since he was injured in the fall. He walked 5 miles on severely injured knees so he could graduate.
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Post by: blueyzca01 on March 05, 2013, 06:03:04 PM
I stood up to a bully when I was 12.

In 7th grade, a boy named Craig gave me a necklace, flowers and chocolates for Valentine’s Day.  Since I absolutely did not return his affections, and as my dad told me to do, I very politely returned the gifts to him.  Dad made sure I explained to him as nicely as I good that I was flattered, but since I didn’t feel the same way, I couldn’t keep them.

The next day at lunch, in the middle of the entire cafeteria, his best friend Sherri came over to my table (I was sitting at the end), explained that Craig was her best friend and I “humiliated” him and slapped me hard across the face.  Sherri was the biggest girl in 7th grade and everyone was afraid of her.  I still remember sitting there with my face burning, both from pain and the realization that EVERYONE was staring at me.

The brave part comes next: After a few minutes, Sherri walked back over to me and said she was sorry for slapping me.  I stood up, looked her right in the eye, slapped her as hard as I could, and said “you should be!”  I will never forget how hard my heart was beating. 

The entire cafeteria broke out into applause. 

I’ve also been parachuting a couple times, but like a previous poster said, I didn’t ever fear it, so I don’t consider it brave.  My family does, though, so they think I’m a bada$$.   ;D
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Post by: CreteGirl on March 05, 2013, 06:19:04 PM
Stupid things:  Jumped off a garage roof into a swimming pool.  Hand fed popcorn to alligators at the Okefenoke Swamp.

Somewhat daring things:  Ziplining and parasailing. 

Other things:   Organized my 20th, 25th & 30th high school reunions and gave speeches at each of them.  I am afraid of public speaking.  And I suck at it.  And I will once again fumble my way through a speech at the next reunion.

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Post by: Shakira on March 06, 2013, 05:31:43 AM
I was terrified to go ziplining for the first time last summer. The feeling you get when you're soaring above the trees is so exhilarating though!! By the end of the course, I was doing it so well that the guide said I was the poster child for getting over fear of heights! I want to do it again!

When I was 24, the bravest thing I did was leave my EXH. My family thought I was nuts, but only because he put on a different face when they were around. I left him, and it was the scariest thing I've ever done, but I never regretted it for a second. I am now married to a WONDERFUL man that I love so much.
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Post by: katcheya on March 06, 2013, 08:46:19 AM
Zip-lining in the rainforest in Costa Rica.

It sounded like a good idea at the time!  The first cable looked nice and easy.  It's only after I got to the second platform that I remembered one crucial thing: I'm afraid of heights.  And poisonous snakes.  And deadly spiders.

My knees shook wildly for the second cable.  At the third, I started hyperventilating.  The guides were a bit freaked out, but we came to a compromise.  I went down the rest of the way with a guide, and I was fine!  Luckily, one of the other guides grabbed my camera and took pictures of my partner and I, so I have plenty of proof to commemorate the experience, and I never have to do it again!  ;)
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on March 06, 2013, 09:30:20 AM
My husband and I force-fed a rattlesnake....Other than that sort of thing, I lead a fairly dull life.

"Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln..."
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Post by: Moonie on March 06, 2013, 11:56:08 AM
The bravest thing I ever did was kicking my ex out after 18 years of abuse. It was like being reborn!
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Post by: unnalee on March 06, 2013, 01:46:37 PM
Probably the most daringly STUPID thing I ever did was as a student teacher (doing my teaching internship before getting my license).  I'm rather short and was quite soft-spoken at the time, and since I was only 23 and teaching high school seniors, there were times they didn't take me seriously as an authority figure. 

One Friday afternoon early in my internship, my master teacher (the woman who kindly let me take over her classroom for a semester) was out sick so it was just me in the room with the kids.  There had been an altercation at lunch due to some dating drama.  In the last 5 minutes of class, someone made a joke about one of the girls involved, which was then repeated by a boy she used to date.  Her brother was a student in my class and jumped to her defense.  Before I could squash the gossip and wrap up the lesson, the ex and the brother were in each others' faces (the ex was a wrestler and the brother was a football lineman).  I made the decision to step between them and very quietly told everyone to SIT.DOWN. 

The brother told me later that they were just so shocked that I sounded so scary mad, that they didn't even think about throwing punches, which was very lucky for me.

As far as doing something daring outside of my comfort zone, I moved 500 miles away from everyone I knew to go to university and the first weekend I was there I joined the ballroom dancing club.  I had no experience, didn't know a soul, but had so much fun and met the person who became my very best friend.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 06, 2013, 07:37:08 PM
I'd forgotten about this.  When I was in kindergarten, all the boys got to play in the sandbox with the trucks and all the girls had to play with other things.  I didn't think it was fair that the boys always got the sandbox so I went to the teacher and complained.  As a result, the girls got the sandbox at least once a week.
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Post by: AngelicGamer on March 07, 2013, 02:16:23 AM
Brave but stupid: I walked from my college in Beloit, Wisconsin to a 24 hour grocery store at 3 in the morning in South Beloit, IL because I needed cookie dough.  Nobody was awake but I needed that cookie dough, so I got off my butt and went.

Why is this brave but stupid?  1) 19 year old walking alone at 3 am, 2) the crime rate, 3)crossing railroad tracks but not at an intersection, and 4)I'm night blind due to having Retinitis Pigmentosa.  So, there's this girl using a bright red tip cane, who knows the route like the back of her hand (trip is usually made with one other person unless you're a guy [don't ask, we were stupid college students]), walking to the store and back all for her cookie dough.  :D  Once I was there, I got groceries to last me for a few days.  *shakes head at self*

Brave: I've eaten lamb's brain at a local BBQ place in Evansville, IN.  Truth be told, I was actively looking for a place that served brain because I was going to try it while I was a spit away from being in Kentucky.  I do mean that - we took a wrong turn once, went a block, and were in Kentucky.  It was one of the best things I've ever eaten.

Personal Bravery: I have a couple of fears but one of the strongest is traveling in the winter when I don't personally know the person driving the bus or flying the plane.  It's really stupid and I have no clue why I have it in the first place.  However!  I traveled from Rockford, IL to Madison, WI at the end of December in order to visit a friend for New Years.  It was a double decker bus going there, so I was up top and got to see a lot of great scenery until I fell asleep (it cannot be helped, at all). 

When I was younger, I had a big fear of heights.  I still have it, but only when there's not something I can hold onto like a railing when I'm going down.  I think it has something to do with depth perception.

Anyways, when I was all of 13, my fear of heights was still there when I went to England and then Paris.  I made myself go all the way up to the bell tower in Notre Dame.  It is one of the strongest memories I have of the trip and I'm really glad I conquered a fear that day.  The view of Paris is breathtaking.  I also went up all the way in the Eiffel Tower, but that was less scary because I didn't have to climb all the stairs up.  :)
Title: Re: How brave are you? AKA: What was the most daring thing you've ever done?
Post by: nuit93 on March 07, 2013, 01:11:55 PM
Moving out of my mother's house for good.  She kept telling me over and over that it was a foolish mistake and that I'd never make it on my own--and complained to my sister and my sister's friends that I was just stupid and irresponsible and had no idea what I was doing (well, the way she described it I probably sounded foolish, but I didn't appreciate the lying behind my back).  I told her that I DID know what I was doing, that what she was doing was inappropriate, and to mind her own business.

I was 24 with a full time, albeit low paying job.  I haven't been back :)
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Post by: stargazer on March 07, 2013, 06:18:43 PM
Learned how to train exotic animals.  One of the best times of my life but I am too selfish to do it for a career - there are NO days off.
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on March 08, 2013, 07:40:21 AM
When I was in high school, two of the popular guys played a tasteless prank on our sweet Marketing & Distribution teacher. Normally a quiet, shy child, I was so incensed that I got up and ripped into the two guys and erased what they had done on the chalkboard. My M& D teacher was left confused but I walked back to my seat after telling her not to bother wondering about it. We moved on in class but my stomach was in knots afterward and I did wonder if there would be social repercussions but other than those two idiots leaving me alone, there wasn't.

The other way around: I stood up to a much-hated supply teacher who was mocking three girls in class for their weight. I was about 14 at the time. I went to the front of the class, squared up to him, got in his face and told him why he was wrong to do it and exactly what I thought of him in front of the whole class, then reported him. I was shaking like a leaf at the time and it probably wasn't EH approved, but I was so incensed I couldn't help myself. I was quite the class hero for a while after that.

I'm pretty sure most etiquette goes out the window when a teacher abuses his students like that.  Good for you for standing up and reporting him, that was a very brave act!

Similarly, I just remembered this, I was in a science class in high school where we the teacher had passed out borrowed papers. marked in Sharpie with individual numbers, which everyone had to turn in at the end of class if we wanted to leave.

The teacher noticed one set was missing, number 19, and I was the only one who saw it in another kid's backpack, pulled it out myself and brought it back up.  They got into a load of trouble, and yes, I was kind of the teacher's pet for every single class.  I was scorned by the thief, though, for the rest of the semester. ::)

My BF just otld me I speak weirdly.  Whoops.  I blame being an Aspie poet.  I hope people can makeout what I'm saying :)

Perfectly understandable.  I don't get what was so weird about your post?
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Post by: zyrs on March 12, 2013, 03:37:59 AM
The only thing I can think of was asking my future wife out to coffee for the first time.
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Post by: Redneck Gravy on March 12, 2013, 04:05:36 PM
I'm certainly not very brave and I have always led a pretty bland life I think and yet...

once sank a boat with my MIL while caught in a thunderstorm on a huge lake and braved the forest for hours until help came

fought off a carjacker (took three weeks for those bruises to heal)

Looked my husband (6'4"  265 lbs) in the eye one day and said, "I'm leaving you" and did.  He wasn't physically abusive but he was very loud, angry and violent and I was afraid of his reaction.

Stood up to a bully in junior high and another one in high school.   I'm short and used to be very thin and I don't like being picked on.  Stopped a fight between two girls, one was a bully and one wasn't.  Stepped in between a guy about to punch a woman (still have a chipped tooth over that one).  Lastly I fired a warning shot at (not really at because it was a warning shot) a jerk beating up his girlfriend while waiting for the police to arrive.

I have raised two daughters all alone after I left their dad and he abandoned them. 

Some of the things here sound so exciting, maybe before I die I'll get to do some of them.       

 
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Post by: cheyne on March 12, 2013, 05:02:42 PM
Joined the AF in 1985.  Went into a mechanical field, and was stationed in Japan as my first base.  CBPO has messed up my paperwork, so the squadron was expecting a married man instead of me (a single woman).  I was assigned to an area that no woman had ever worked in.  I was told on my second day there that I was being reassigned to "Records, all the women go there.".  I asked to speak with the Officer in Charge to plead my case.

I marched into Capt. Black's office, reported to him and snapped off a salute.  When he tried to give me the old, "Women don't work in [that area]" I told him that I joined the Air Force to do all jobs I was capable of and asked him if he he realized he was promoting a sexist attitude.  My assignment was changed, I was the first woman to work in that area, and Capt. Black even recommended me for a below the zone promotion (which I got). 

I don't think I was really brave, my actions were more a case of sheer moxie now that I look back on it.  ;D
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Post by: Diane AKA Traska on March 12, 2013, 05:42:47 PM
I don't know if this is what you were going for, but at the age of 15 I called the paramedics to save the mother of a childhood friend from a drug overdose, while dealing with said friend in absolute hysterics because she was the one who found her mother passed out on our bathroom floor.

It's probably the thing I'm proudest of in my entire life.  It also makes me sad that I never saw that friend again.
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Post by: GraceSullivan on March 13, 2013, 08:39:01 AM
When I was in high school, two of the popular guys played a tasteless prank on our sweet Marketing & Distribution teacher. Normally a quiet, shy child, I was so incensed that I got up and ripped into the two guys and erased what they had done on the chalkboard. My M& D teacher was left confused but I walked back to my seat after telling her not to bother wondering about it. We moved on in class but my stomach was in knots afterward and I did wonder if there would be social repercussions but other than those two idiots leaving me alone, there wasn't.

The other way around: I stood up to a much-hated supply teacher who was mocking three girls in class for their weight. I was about 14 at the time. I went to the front of the class, squared up to him, got in his face and told him why he was wrong to do it and exactly what I thought of him in front of the whole class, then reported him. I was shaking like a leaf at the time and it probably wasn't EH approved, but I was so incensed I couldn't help myself. I was quite the class hero for a while after that.

I'm pretty sure most etiquette goes out the window when a teacher abuses his students like that.  Good for you for standing up and reporting him, that was a very brave act!

Similarly, I just remembered this, I was in a science class in high school where we the teacher had passed out borrowed papers. marked in Sharpie with individual numbers, which everyone had to turn in at the end of class if we wanted to leave.

The teacher noticed one set was missing, number 19, and I was the only one who saw it in another kid's backpack, pulled it out myself and brought it back up.  They got into a load of trouble, and yes, I was kind of the teacher's pet for every single class.  I was scorned by the thief, though, for the rest of the semester. ::)

My BF just otld me I speak weirdly.  Whoops.  I blame being an Aspie poet.  I hope people can makeout what I'm saying :)

Perfectly understandable.  I don't get what was so weird about your post?

POD, you write very clearly and understandably.