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Re: [RC] younger years - Lif Strand

I think for most people the change occurs when there's a significant pause in doing whatever you're doing, or a backing off from the peak level you were doing it. That reason could be having kids, going to college, an accident that laid you up for a while....

I think the continuous doing and total familiarity with the exciting thing that's being done is what keeps it more in the excitement side and less in the scary side. The familiarity even encourages a person to escalate the perceived risk or danger to maintain that excitement level.

With a break in the level of engagement in an activity, the skill level drops, and familiarity and "ho-hum-ness" with that level of activity go away. When attempting to get back to it, almost every single person attempts it at the very same level they left it. But you aren't at that skill level any more. And that level of activity isn't so ho-hum any more.

Suddenly you're "overfaced". The level you were at is no longer pushing the envelope, it's a level that's too high, and that's why it's scary. That's my theory this morning!
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