Living on the edge---oblivious to the consequences!

Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

     Most of us are “adrenalin” junkies----and those that are not are probably either in denial or not aware  of how the body works.  One can even make an argument that the pursuit of adrenalin is not only human but is what drives us to do much of what we do.  I can’t really tell which comes first----so perhaps Living on the Edgeit is a “chicken or egg” thing.

     Regardless----whether it is eating, climbing corporate ladders, sky-diving, rock climbing, gambling, sex, fast cars, relationship arguments or reading books we are all looking for that rush----it makes us feel “alive.”

     Living one’s life “ON THE EDGE” produces lots of opportunities for adrenalin rushes.  Most of us, over the course of our lives, have created ways to maintain these rushes at appropriate levels.  In the end they usually destroy us.  As Neal Young said, It is better to burn out---than to fade away.”

     I think the “ideal” is when we can get our highs in ways that don’t show how oblivious or ignorant we are to the consequences of what we choose. 

     I am sure that everyone knows the consequences of choosing our adrenalin rushes from something like cocaine or key parties----as opposed to choosing them from something like playing soccer or long hikes in the mountains. 

     Some of our choices sustain us----while others tear us apart. 

     Being “oblivious” is like the tree on the edge of the cliff----everyone else can clearly see what is coming----can see our future.  Why can’t we? 

     We----theoretically----can move away from the cliff when necessary-----the tree is oblivious and cannot.


Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector


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Comments (16)

Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Charles, Isn't it better to take a chance and really experience life than to sit on the side - safe?

Aug 30, 2010 04:38 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

When it comes to the doable or ideal, I choose the doable every time. Hopefully, the tree will not be singing "Slip Sliding Away"...

Aug 30, 2010 04:43 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Susan, I totally agree---just don't be oblivious doing it :)

Michael---the cool thing about the tree is that it won't know that it is any different than it is supposed to be.  Humans have this strange notion of "choice." :)

Aug 30, 2010 05:30 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

This is what we are always telling our older children. They think we are too old to understand them, and we can see the dangerous chances they are taking.

Aug 30, 2010 05:31 AM
Dee Bundy
Fort Collins Realtor @ C3 Real Estate Solutions - Fort Collins, CO
Helping You Make Colorado "Home"

Charles - what I find interesting is how your choices in 'the edge' change over time.  I love that I can get my 'rush' from a great hike instead of the less stellar choices of my youth.  Live (well) and learn!

Aug 30, 2010 05:44 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Charles, I should have known you were a Neil Young fan and yes, our lives are enriched or burdened by choices. Hopefully we learn from BOTH! have a great week!

Aug 30, 2010 07:49 AM
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

Kind of like the forest through the tree except the other side is a cliff.

Once and a while even a horse will drown if led to that water

Enjoy the day

Aug 30, 2010 08:05 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Since we don't have any REAL hills down here in Florida (or real rocks for that matter) this is a scene that I would not come across unless I was travelling. Living on the edge down here could be swimming at dusk (sharks feed at that time of day).

Aug 30, 2010 08:35 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

So which is stronger in a very high wind - a tall, strong, mighty oak, or a blade of grass?

Aug 30, 2010 12:13 PM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Allen, there are many things kids do have to learn the hard way

Danielle, awesome----and so true.  We should always be willing to choose new ways to get high----discarding ways that no longer support us fully

Neil is a god in my opinion :)

Don---good idea to be vigilant

Barbara-Jo----THAT sounds like a real good "edge" to avoid :)

Jay, "context" is everything isn't it?

Aug 30, 2010 12:30 PM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr Charles,

I am on an Alaska high, riding this wild stallion night and day.


Aug 30, 2010 03:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Charles - I probably was one of the more advanced stage adrenaline junkies for years.  But back in the early 1990s, I went through an illness that pretty much took me out of the game for a few years.  It was during that time I learned the wonder of tranquility and solitude.  It was a good thing too, because I had no energy to do anything different.  Now that I'm back to my feisty self, my life is more balanced.  I think adrenaline was created to give the body flight when it comes under threat. . .It's a primal thing:-)

Aug 31, 2010 12:50 AM
Diane Osowiecki
Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Greater Nashville Real Estate

Like the tree we do need roots to keep us from slipping off the edge.

Aug 31, 2010 01:39 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

This reminds me of a person here on AR that commented one time that even though change might be a good thing, there are some that don't have the luxury of changing things. I didn't realize how lucky I was to be able to do this.

Aug 31, 2010 04:12 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Nutcase---you are just afraid to get off now that you are stuck where you are

Myrl, if we don't make balance, nature has a way of balancing us

Diane, we fortunately have "some" control over where we place our roots

Lizette, I think we all have "structural" limitations but have a lot of freedom in how we "hold" those limitations.

Aug 31, 2010 04:24 AM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr Charles,

I am riding bare back. Do you get it? Quite hillarious joke but very subtle.


Aug 31, 2010 01:45 PM