Wild Animals, Wild Child
Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments and private emails from my last post, Playlist & Workout Safety post. What happened to me was years ago, and I am “fine” now, but at the time, it was horrific and changed my life.
If there ever is a “silver lining” to violent crime, one such silver lining for me is that I became much more aware of my surroundings, my personal safety, and various behaviors that could leave me at risk for future crime.
No one ever “deserves” awful things happening, of course, but being smart, taking precautions, and just playing it as safe as possible is wise. For me, that includes not running with music.
However, I am careful to not let what happened cause me to live a fear-based life. I don’t live my life in fear. I continue to live my life and do what I want; I just play it a little safer.
It was interesting that many of you commented and said you don’t worry about attacks from humans, but encountering wild animals is more likely. I grew up in rural Minnesota on gravel roads where it was more common to see cow and deer than people. I can relate.
Here in Aruba, I frequently see wild chickens.
Not as exciting as the zoom lens photos I took here. Ahem.
I also see wild cats.
And plenty of other unphotograped dogs, birds, and goats.
When I first came to Aruba in 1996 (and fell in love with it here and knew I’d live here in some capacity) there were tons and tons of wild goats. Billy goats.
But as the hotels have been built and the development has continued…
…There are very few wild goats anymore here.
Wild animals Wild people can be found on these buses, daily, too.
And the wild flowers that grow here are lovely.
Right now, it’s time for me to get wild and make a Microwave Oatmeal Banana Cake with PB.
And maybe I’ll get wild and make Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups later.
1. Do you have wild animals in your area?
In San Diego and southern California where the weather is warm year round, almost every imaginable animal could survive but in urban San Diego where I live, I don’t see too many “wild” animals in my daily life.
I know there are snakes though that are “wild” and in there area. I have a phobia! Eek!
And in Aruba, cats, dogs, iguanas, lizards, rodents, bugs, goats, chickens. Lots of wild going on here.
2. Have you done anything wild lately?
I wouldn’t call it “wild” but I did book a trip somewhere that was very impromptu and spur of the moment.
I didn’t plan it, over-think it, or over-research it. I just booked it. That’s as wild as I get these days.
3. Do you consider yourself more of a “tame” person or more “wild child”? Or a mixture?
I am a mixture and being a mom does take the wild out of a person. And anyone who says it doesn’t and that kids don’t change them, well, they probably don’t have kids!
I used to be a wild child and a life-of-the-party girl. Not always though. I always studied hard, worked hard, but I played hard, too. And it was great to be able to buckle down when I needed to, but still cut loose and get wild when I wanted to.
You can read about some of my wilder adventures here.
Have a great evening!