The school that author John Marsden founded, Candlebark, (possibly) has a motto: “Take care, take risks.”
(Which, incidentally, because things sound better when said in Latin, is: “Providendum est. Assumam extrema temptaturum.”)
I wonder how someone, who has learned to live without taking risks, can learn risky behaviour?
Ultimately, I guess, the object is to explore an outcome-space. I like to think of it like the decision tree of an adventure game. Sometimes, to get to those outcomes over there you might need to step off the edge of a cliff. Or pick up a snake. Or run with scissors. Carefully.
So maybe a lists of daily challenges for someone to explore perceived risk, and learn not to fear risky behaviour?
Try this: Roll a die. Or hit this random number generator.
Now use that number to define your risk:
1. Climb a tree.
2. In a public space, spin on the spot 10 times.
3. Ask a stranger for their phone number.
4. In a public space, stand in the Karate Kid “Crane” pose for 5 seconds.
5. Lock eyes with a stranger. (If they question you, tell them why you’re doing it, and challenge them to take a risk.)
6. In a public space, sing the theme to “Astro Boy”. (Lyrics.)
Take the risk before the day’s end. (And take care!)
Got suggestions for daily risks? Share them in the comments!