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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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.
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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