A hard lesson learned about responsibility

I have had an experience this last summer that has taught me a valuable lesson about taking responsibility. I have had the attitude for a while that I am an invincible twenty-three year old. I can anything and nothing can harm me. I had even had some close calls that have even reinforced mentality. I am also in the first time of my life with a direct responsibility to someone besides me. I am a husband to a beautiful wife and the soon to be father of a son. i care the most for these people and they depend on me to help take care of them and provide for them.

Last summer I was in St. Louis visiting family and we went to the City Museum there. They had a human sized hamster wheel that you could run on. I started running on it and was getting the hang of it when i decided to show of my invincibility and push it to go faster.

Well, as you can see from the video, it did not turn out very well for me. (Sorry for the bad orientation on the phone). We then procceded to go to the urgent care to get an x-ray. Luckily for me this time, I had no broken bones. I just got a badly brusied shoulder, weakness, and lots of pain. If I had been working a physically demanding job then just this hurt shoulder would have kept me from working for a couple weeks. That would be a couple of weeks that I wouldn’t not only be able to make money, but also not be able to take care of the daily household chores like I need to.

I have come to relize that I need to start asking myself the question “Is what I am about to do worth the potential harm”. I was clearing not thinking of this when I was on the hamstwer wheel. This question for me applies more to just the stupid things that I do. It also applies to the household chores, serivce I do, and recreation.

For example, I know nothing about working with and fixing a breaker box (besides flipping breakers). If it were to go out and need fixing or replacing, the independant and frugal man that I am would attempt to do it myself. This way I would save on money and learn a new skill. However, I would need to ask myself before I attempted it if the benifits outway the potential for being electricuted. The threshold for when something is acceptable to do and when it is to potentially dangerous is different for each person and specific task.

I am not saying that we need to live our lives in fear, too afraid to do anything or have fun. I am just saying that rather then fearing the task at hand, we need to respect it for what it is. If I respect the electicity in the breaker box, I will make sure that I shut down the main power line and use tools to test if the power is live or not. With these simple measures I could do this job without fear of being harmed. Taking responsibility for someone else should only make it so that you respect  more then fear and lean on the side of safty.

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