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What's The Most Courageous Thing You've Ever Done?

  1. fierycj profile image85
    fierycjposted 8 years ago

    I mean stuff that took a lot of balls coming from you - real minerals. Nothing phony.
    Mine would be playing Russian Roullette many years ago. Balls? yes. Dumb? Quite. More Recently, chased away armed-robbers with a gun. What about you?

    1. tricia1 profile image60
      tricia1posted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Had an older lady run her car into a tree in my yard, called 911 as she was screaming, finally understood what she was saying. Her house was on fire. I called the fire department and followed her to her house. She started going back into her house to get somethings and I pulled her back out, and held on to her to keep her from going in until the ambulance arrived, she had a heart condition and was trying to get to her medicine. The ambulance had to take her to the hospital. I never received a thank you from anyone.

      1. fierycj profile image85
        fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        That's gotta suck.

    2. Ron Montgomery profile image60
      Ron Montgomeryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I declared my romantic intentions to a hubber that I am very attracted to. I am having to practice patience as my love interest is confused about his or her sexual nature.  I am sure that my perseverance will pay off and we will spend many nights passionately embracing under the soft light of the Nigerian moon......er, I mean under the moon wherever he or she lives. Whew! I almost blew my cover.  I feel funny, I'm not sure I took my medication today.

      1. curiozities profile image61
        curiozitiesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        HAHAHA!  I'd expect that kind of behavior to come from a Jets fan, not a Colts fan, LOL! (I'm a Dolphins fan, GO DOLPHINS! smile )

    3. wordpro profile image61
      wordproposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Man, Russian Roulette? I couldn't come close to topping that!

      I was raised in Central Florida, I went to FSU (Florida State) and there was a study abroad program.  I went to Costa Rica.  Instead of coming home like I was supposed to, I met some great people and told my parents I was going to live there for a year to be a white water rafting guide.  Before I went there, I had NEVER been on a white water river!  I jumped off waterfalls, guided down class IV rapids, fed monkeys bananas, slept outside next to a volcano!  But, Russian Roulette! WOW!

    4. BODYandSOUL profile image60
      BODYandSOULposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I never done anything like that; the most courageous thing I did in my life is to face every problem that came into my life. smile

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    iamqweenbeeposted 8 years ago

    One day after work, I craved a COLD BEER!!

    I went everywhere for a cold beer but none was available.

    I was sitting at a stoplight when I noticed a bar with the sign that read, "coldest beer in town"

    This bar has a reputation of having the roughest, toughest, meanest customers with a high violence/crime rate. I sat there for a minute and thought about it. Finally, I got out of my car and went in to have that cold beer.

    It was indeed the coldest beer in town and it was soothing going down. Thirst was quenched and I had a good time.

    The next day at work, I shared with my co-workers that I went into that bar. They looked at me with disbelief and told other co-workers who could not believe I had the courage to go into the bar. Even the men.

    Never underestimate the power of a COLD BEER!!!

    1. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Ha ha ha. Loved the story. Cold beer does have its magnetisms doesnt it. A lot of folks I know would kill for it. Ha ha ha. I can relate.

  3. spidergirl364 profile image60
    spidergirl364posted 8 years ago

    Standing up for my beliefs...to close friends.  Its very hard.

    1. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      How far have you gone with standing up for beliefs, whatever they may be. Care to share?

      1. spidergirl364 profile image60
        spidergirl364posted 8 years ago in reply to this

        I've gone so far with my beliefs to almost completely shatter a relationship.  I explained my standards to a friend, and they didn't respect them, so now we talk less and dont realy hang out anymore.  It was my religious beliefs on not wanting to spend time alone with a guy, and dating, that they refused to understand.

  4. Pearldiver profile image88
    Pearldiverposted 8 years ago

    Coming to Bumble Town - NZ.

    And the Next most courageous thing to do is: To Leave big_smile

    1. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      What's so special about wuchmacallit town?

      1. Pearldiver profile image88
        Pearldiverposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Read the hubs & judge for yourself... you will see! smile

  5. cindyvine profile image87
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    Bravest thing was moving to New Zealand, and most courageous thing was leaving there!

    1. Pearldiver profile image88
      Pearldiverposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hello there... did it have anything to do with the warrent? big_smile

  6. cindyvine profile image87
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    Could be, but hey, we trounced the All Blacks this weekend!  WooHoo!!!!

    1. Pearldiver profile image88
      Pearldiverposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Yep I bet on the SBs too.

  7. cindyvine profile image87
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    The most courageous thing I've done is raising three children single-handed with no child support

    1. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      What a tough cookie you are, Cindy.

  8. cindyvine profile image87
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    Donations are always welcome

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    Apologies, saying I was wrong, I'm sorry

  10. Lady_E profile image83
    Lady_Eposted 8 years ago

    I rescued a fireman and gave him the kiss of Life. Thank God, he lived.  Lol

    Seriously, I had been doing office work in Government for years, same old 9 - 5pm. In 2001, I decided to leave and set up a small IT Training Business.  My Colleagues, thought I was a nutter, cos my job paid well. I Set it all up, did a mailshot to companies, luckily got 2 contracts within 4 weeks of leaving the job and it took me on a very interesting career path.

    It was courageous cos there was no guarantee of Pay coming in, when I left. smile

    1. curiozities profile image61
      curiozitiesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Going off on your own is very courageous, especially when you give up a steady paycheck to do so.  I'm glad it was a successful venture for you.

      1. Lady_E profile image83
        Lady_Eposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Cheers. smile

    2. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That's cool. Went off on my own as well. I'm self-employed now. Told myself I would work for myself seen my teenage years. It was something I never debated.

  11. jenblacksheep profile image83
    jenblacksheepposted 8 years ago

    I haven't done it yet, but next week I'm going to Venezuela for a month to do volunteer work with children. It's completely out of my comfort zone, not to mention the furthest ive ever been from home. So ye, for me thats gna b pretty courageous.

    1. Lady_E profile image83
      Lady_Eposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Good Luck Jen, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I've heard a lot of people do things like this and their experiences have all been positive.

    2. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      sure is, gurl.

    3. efeyas profile image93
      efeyasposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hope I am doing this right (sooo new here) But I just wanted to say good luck on your trip! My aunt just came back from Zimbabwe (I think thats how you spell it). She works with children as well.

  12. curiozities profile image61
    curiozitiesposted 8 years ago

    The most courageous things I can think of that I've done involve my four years in the Army.  We never went to war (thank God) but there were some scary moments. 

    I didn't realize I had a fear of heights until I went to Army basic training and had to negotiate an obstacle that was basically a very, very tall tower we had to climb.  I climbed the damned thing but nearly passed out from fear. 

    Then there was airborne school, where I jumped from an airplane twice and would have finished had I not broken my foot on the second jump (you need five jumps to graduate). 

    Then there was air assault school.  In order to even be admitted into air assault school you need to complete an obstacle course.  There were two obstacles in particular that you could not cut corners on or they would fail you.  One of them was a very, very tall ladder made of logs.  The higher up you went, the farther apart the rungs were until you reached the last one, which required me (I'm not very tall, at 5'9") to stand on my toes.  In order to "pass" this obstacle you needed to flip yourself over the top and come back down the other way. 

    When I reached the top, I was frozen in fright, hugging the log on the end of the ladder for dear life.  The air assault instructors were yelling at me from the ground.  Below me was a female soldier who was smaller and shorter than me.  She was scared too, but a couple of guys from her unit did the obstacle by her side for encouragement (this was allowed, so long as nobody physically pulled you up to complete the obstacle).  She was as scared as I was--when she got to the top she reached for the other side of the ladder.  The guys who were there for encouragement kept trying to lift her spirits and finally, she reached for the last rung of the ladder and pulled herself up and over. 

    I watched as I continued to hold on to the side of the ladder for dear life.  Then I realized that if word got back to my unit--an infantry unit, no less, with the legendary 101st Airborne Division--that a female made it but I didn't, I would NEVER, EVER live it down.  That gave me the courage I needed to flip myself over the top and make it down. 

    As an epilogue, I successfully completed Air Assault school and earned my Air Assault wings.  BTW, just writing this made my palms sweaty, that's how scared of heights I am.

    1. Lady_E profile image83
      Lady_Eposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      How amazing is that. Well done on getting your Air Assault wings.

      1. curiozities profile image61
        curiozitiesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks smile

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    pgrundyposted 8 years ago

    Leaving my abusive ex with nothing but my clothes, my car, and my computer after 8 years of bad marriage. Within a year I was 1000% better off financially and emotionally, and three years later I met the love of my life (and we are still together and still happy).  smile

    1. Lady_E profile image83
      Lady_Eposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      It takes a lot of guts to do that. I'm happy for you that you found your true love.

    2. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Brilliant.

  14. ecoggins profile image93
    ecogginsposted 8 years ago

    The most courageous thing I have ever done was move my family to a developing country (Cambodia) where we lived for six years. During that time, I learned a new language (something I was unable to do for the 40 previous years); overcame my fright of dragon flies (one day I held a calm conversation with a Cambodian national while literally hundreds of dragon flies were buzzing around our heads); explored bat caves; overcame a mild case of dengue fever; ate a tarantula and other fear factor bugs; and rode half day trips in every sort of taxi vehicle from sedans to nissan pick ups loaded with live chickens bound for market.

    To tell you the whole truth, my wife was much braver than I. She arrived six months pregnant; had to birth the baby in a hospital without modern instruments; endured a full bout with dengue fever (including the bone breaking part); and had to learn how to buy meat and vegetables in a local smelly market without throwing up.

    Four thumbs up to my kids too; they were awesome travelers. However, the experience will last them a lifetime.

    Every American should be required to live abroad in order to get a broader perspective of the world at large. You come back with a whole new outlook on life.

    1. Lady_E profile image83
      Lady_Eposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Wow and you stayed there for six years. Very Courageous, I'm sure you have some happy memories too.

    2. curiozities profile image61
      curiozitiesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Now THAT sounds brave.  I'm sure your kids have built up some serious natural anti-bodies! 

      I'm glad you got over your fear of dragonflies.  Now you can visit the Everglades.  I went fishing once in the Everglades and had so many mosquitoes on me that I had a few dozen dragonflies land on me to pick them off.  I'm glad I wasn't scared of dragonflies!

    3. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. A whole new outlook on life is the phrase.

    4. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. A whole new outlook on life is the phrase.

  15. Lady_E profile image83
    Lady_Eposted 8 years ago

    O Fiery Stud, Prince of Africa, Charmer of the Hubbers. May I apologise for posting so many replies on your post. I just found the stories fascinating, but it wasn't totally my fault as it was you who posted an interesting question...
    Cheers smile

    1. fierycj profile image85
      fierycjposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Aphrodite, if anyone is free to behave as she seems on my thread, tis you. Make no apologies.

  16. AsherKade profile image78
    AsherKadeposted 8 years ago

    leaving my ex...

  17. Ambition profile image74
    Ambitionposted 8 years ago

    the most courageous/crazy thing i have done is when i first proposed a girl, she was 21 year old and i was just 15 and i proposed her to date with me and then she smiled and gave me a chocolate and pointed out to another girl( 14 year old) of my neighborhood and
    said " i am not your cup of cofee but she will love your proposal"

    Now another info: the 21 year old and 14 year old are sisters

    and the girl in my pic is 14 year oldie.

    interesting isn't it smile

  18. lrohner profile image87
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    Took in and cared for my Mom who was suffering from Alzheimers. I was a single mom at the time with 3 little ones and no child support or family around. Those were the craziest, busiest years of my life, but boy, do the kids and I have stories!!! She was hilarious -- when she remembered to be! smile

  19. jonwenberg profile image59
    jonwenbergposted 8 years ago

    I looked my (former) boss, an executive & shareholder with a very large multinational design firm, right in the eye and told him that he was a fundamentally dishonest person, then literally dared him to fire me. I kept my job for a while, started my own business later.

    1. jonwenberg profile image59
      jonwenbergposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Curiozities: I did the paratrooper bit too, not sure which was worse.

      1. curiozities profile image61
        curiozitiesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        As long as your main chute or reserve chute opens, everything is okay. smile

        1. jonwenberg profile image59
          jonwenbergposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          It's been 20 yrs. for me - I'll never do it again.
          maybe that was worse.

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    Ghost32posted 8 years ago

    I have no idea how to measure "most courageous", but I'm thinking it must mean the biggest amount of fear you ever had to face.  Not really sure, but it could have been telling my first wife I wanted a divorce after 8 years and 2 daughters.

 
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