Why do you think some people are attracted to dangerous sports or other dangerous activities?
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Dangerous sports or activities attract a certain type of person. This person is often a risk taker, an
optimist, and a fatalist.
People who take risks are found both in dangerous sports and business. But it is a special person
who takes a risk with his own life as opposed to his money. My father was a risk taker. He put
everything he owned into his business, but he stopped playing risky sports like horseback riding
and skiing. Once his business was a success and he no longer had to worry about providing for us,
he returned, at the age of 60, to the risky sports that he did as a youth.
Someone who plays dangerous sports must be an optimist. They cannot imagine that anything will
happen to them. They never think about breaking their leg while skiing, falling off a cliff while
rock climbing, fatting on their head while sky diving. They live for the thrill of the moment
without a thought to the many things that could go wrong.
Rock climbers and sports car drivers must be fatalist. They might plan for potential problems, but
once they have done everything they can do, the outcome is out of their hands. A motorcyclist
who jumps across a narrow canyon will get the fastest, strongest bike available that will carry him
or her across the canyon. However, wind conditions or other problems might interfere and the cyclist may fall short of his goal.
Many people have the same traits of course. Many of us are risk takers, optimists, and fatalists.
But I think people who play dangerous sports must have these characteristics in abundance.