What is the gutsiest thing you ever did in your life? Why did you do it?
(Father’s Legacy, p. 115)
I think most, if not all, of the things I’ve done that might appear brave were more a matter of impulsiveness. Several injuries from bicycle accidents. Swimming more than a half-mile thinking the bay was not nearly that wide. Confronting someone assaulting a woman on a New York subway. Climbing halfway down a cliff and having to go back up because the lower half was impossible. Having the batteries run out on the phone when I was using it for light and GPS on a “short cut” through the woods. Exploring places in other countries and being told afterwards, “People like us should not go there.” Getting in fights with dogs and goats (but I won every time, so maybe that’s not so bad). Not believing the labels that say “No user-serviceable parts inside.” Hopping onto and off of a moving freight train. My siblings might remember other incidents.