If you have never tried extreme sports, you are really missing out. Just watching them can make them seem too intimidating to try—as if you have to have some serious courage even to try. But the fact is, most of the courage comes after you have started doing extreme sports. Living life on the edge teaches you that you are stronger than you think and that builds courage and self confidence.
What exactly counts as extreme sports, you might be asking. These are sports that include a certain element of danger. Of course, there is danger in any sport—you might throw out your back playing golf or sprain your ankle running—but extreme sports take it to the next level. Extreme sports are those sports that give you that adrenaline rush because doing them means risking death. Base jumping, surfing, moth sailing, skydiving are all included in the category along with a lot more. There are a million benefits of doing extreme sports. So here are just a few of them to get you motivated:
Studies have shown that extreme sports can boost your mood and your confidence (yes, actual scientists have studied extreme sports. They were Australians, obviously). This is because extreme sports help you overcome your fears and show you that you are capable of doing way more than you ever dreamed of. It’s hard not to feel on top of the world when you have done something that scares the hell out of you and lived to see another day. You’ll be stronger, more confident, and ready to take on a new and even more challenging task.
Above all, extreme sports can change you in profound ways. It will change your how outlook on life. You will be able to appreciate life in a much more meaningful way because flirting with death allows you to truly appreciate what it means to be alive. You will be better able to enjoy everything else in your life if you start doing extreme sports.
This transformation also means a transformation in how you see yourself. What you once thought you could never do now seems completely possible. You will discover new things about yourself and your own capability.
Push Your Limits
Because extreme sports can be pretty scary, especially when things don’t go quite as planned, they help you overcome your fears. What you once thought was the most terrifying thing imaginable will suddenly seem lame. You will conquer your fears in more ways than one. Once you have overcome a physical fear of say, heights or drowning, you will also overcome more emotional fears such as anxiety about public speaking or fear of rejection.
Pushing yourself to the absolute edge and living to tell the tale gives you the confidence that you can do anything. And with that kind of confidence, you really will be able to do anything.