Day 3034: What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Thanks to fellow blogger and fellow tweeter Crispy Confessions for today’s title question: What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Stand up comedy may not actually be the scariest thing I’ve ever done (agreeing to have open heart surgery in 2016 might have been scarier), but it was the only time my whole body screamed “PLEASE, CAN WE JUST RUN AWAY NOW?!!!” moments before. Also, performing stand up comedy for the first time was something I willingly chose to do, whereas that valve replacement surgery wasn’t really a choice — it was more a matter of survival.

So I’m happy with my answer to the question, “What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?”

Taking walks during the rain yesterday was a little scary, but so is almost everything we’ve done since March 2020.

Love can be scary.

Zombies, being brainless, and awkward moments can be scary, too.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?”

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

It’s never scary for me to express my gratitude to all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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30 thoughts on “Day 3034: What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

  1. I love this post! Thanks so much for the mention & your thoughtful response to the question. Open heart surgery sounds quite scary — as well as any type of surgery really. Stand up comedy — that takes a lot of guts and courage to do and I commend you on doing that. It’s not just standing up in front of a crowd that is scary but the idea that other people may find you funny that is scarier.
    But yes.. this past year has been pretty scary hasn’t it?
    Love that video that you posted. Interesting to see how people of various ages express this question. Interesting how the youngest ones say that doing math or trying to skateboard on grass was scary… while older people talk about moving or divorcing or doing surgery as a scary thing. INteresting how that changes as we grow older.

  2. The speeches I have agreed to deliver to various professional, college and high school functions and classes have been the scariest things I have ever done, Ann. Every time.

  3. Driving in downtown NYC. I tell people it was my own personal Miracle on 34th Street.

  4. Climbing Mount Snowdon with my daughter on my shoulders – as featured in this post: https://derrickjknight.com/2013/06/20/sods-law/

  5. Thanks for showing me the equestrian statue of George Washington by Thomas Ball is installed in Boston’s Public Garden, as well as ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ by Nancy Schön, although Harley should be there also. The images of the rain coming from afar are very dramatic also.

    The scariest thing I’ve done (or not) has to do with fear and I quote:
    “You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves.”- Hermann Hesse

  6. Those photos taken in the rain are lovely.

  7. puella33

    I can tell you the scariest thing that happened to me- I got stuck in the elevator for 20 minutes

  8. It’s an interesting distinction between the “hardest” and the “scariest” thing we’ve ever done. For example, a hand grenade is inert until it is primed. Before setting out on patrol, or before getting ready for an attack, or even just before carrying out grenade throwing training, the grenade must be primed. It is easy to prime a grenade!

    An un-primed grenade can be handled roughly, thrown up and down, juggled, and you could even play football with it. It will not explode. I must admit, I would not kick it around if I were you!

    Once primed, the grenade is just sitting there waiting to do its job. Just pull the pin, throw the grenade, duck down, and wait for the activating lever to set the approximately 4 to 7 second fuse before it explodes.

    By far the scariest thing I’ve ever done is to prime a grenade for the very first time!

  9. so many scary things, dental and clown experiences, deciding to divorce, beginning college later in life, quitting my job at 40 to change careers and to to grad school, and I have startle response, so being surprised in the dark is so scary for me, but I’ve survived it!

  10. It may sound strange that meeting new people can sometimes be scary for me but also exhilarating.

    • I’m with you, Chris, and I’m looking forward to the scary but also exhilarating experience of meeting you in Nashville.

  11. Great topic! I was going to say the scariest thing I did was make the decision to go back to school, to a military academy-style college when I was twenty-seven… after I’d graduated from a liberal arts college right out of high school. During prime dating and marrying years (27-30) my social/dating life went to just about zero while I completely focused on my next career.

    But I just remembered something that was more terrifying. It was the first time I told a very, very close friend about my having been molested years prior. I was shaking and crying and was a complete wreck.

  12. Filing for divorce. Never have I felt so vulnerable and alone. But it was also the most liberating thing I have ever done, so there’s that. 😉

  13. Pingback: Day 3036: Life is renewed | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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