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Posted on Oct 19, 2012

Video of Dangerous Highway Driving- Guy on Bike Hangs Onto Truck (Colombia)

Video of Dangerous Highway Driving- Guy on Bike Hangs Onto Truck (Colombia)

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We’re not all born with the ability to make wise decisions. We don’t make wise decisions tons of time.We decide to do things that are risky and stupid, and later are grateful that we got out alive, and mostly unscratched. Here, we saw this guy in Central Colombia hanging onto a truck on the highway. And sometimes the trucks hugged each other when the roads got narrow. And sometimes the ground crumbled onto the cliffs below, and sometimes you slap yourself on the head and say, “how stupid can you be, man?” And what will happen when his tire overheats and blows up? And, well, what will happen when he gets home safely?

Reminds me of those stupid girls in Utah who climbed onto the top of this huge boulder fifteen feet in the sky, to pose for a photograph. Great photo, you dumb blonde.

A spiritual teacher of mine, the dearest Noga Gazit of Kibbutz Gesher in Israel, once let her retarded, autistic, wheel-chaired, nurse-attached 24 year old daughter go to Korea for a two week vacation with her care-taker. I was shocked that she would allow her daughter, who needs someone to feed her, wipe her mouth from the food and constant drool, wipe her behind, dress her, bathe her, everything her, go on such a journey. The flight, the ground transportation, accomadations, food, entertainment, medical emergencies. Noga and her family basically worry round-the-clock and have faced many near-death emergencies and sudden medical complications. How in God’s name, do you send your child like that?

SHE SMILES, AND ASKS ME THIS:

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I love that, and I love her. So, if something awful would have happened to her daughter, or if something awful happens to us, or our children, on the road, then, clearly, we were irresponsible parents. Whenever one of our kids acted out or did anything ‘unacceptable’ in any way (ate too fast, got into a fight, argued, blinked too often); Kobi’s parents and my father would say, “This is clearly because you home-school. It is obvious.” So, if we have any accidents or major mishaps as we travel the world, clearly, it is because of this irresponsible life-style choice. What hedonistic, self-centered, reckless parents we are!

 


And, if we all walk through this adventure unscratched? (Which we’re not. We’ve already had Orazi poisoned by a tree worm in Panama, Kobi’s been hospitalized with Dengue Fever while we lived in the indigenous village in the Ecuadorian jungles, Solai and I were hit by a motorcycle in Cambodia (and I suffered from guilt for a good while), we’ve met too many snakes, had unexplainable dizziness and explainable high altitude disease, we’ve all had worms, fungus infections, and a whole slew of mental disorders). And if we come out alive, even with all the really stupid, risky choices we’ve made along the way? Then, we are courageous (but still our kids are screwed for life, they’ll say).

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So, can’t beat em, can’t join em. I think I’ll just hug them, love them for worrying- the way they know to love. I think, also, I’ll teach my kids how to hang on the back of trucks when on a bike in Colombia. You have to admit, the guy looked experienced and super-cool with his transportation perks.

Ever done something ridiculously stupid, and lived? (Obviously, if you’re telling me about it, obviously, you lived). Ever seen others doing reckless choices that made you want to slap them silly? We did here, and wanted to slap them stupid girls. Ever danced with your eyes closed when you really should have kept them open? Ever experienced that fine line between ‘irresponsible’ and ‘courageous’. We’d love to compare scars.

🙂 Gabi

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2 Comments

  1. Hiya Gabi – I am lying in bed, my illness has flared, and
    I just love reading about your adventures. The list of illnesses
    and accidents made for some pretty hairy reading though :-0
    I can’t think of anything reckless I have done, other than
    climb tall trees etc but I suspect my “sensible” adult brain
    may have hidden them in a “keep hidden” folder somewhere
    in the back of my filing system lol I did have a close call
    with a head on car crash – where neither car had a chance
    to use brakes. Thankfully I was alone with none of my children
    In the car. Not very exciting in comparison!! 🙂 Take care xxx

    • wendy dear. i’m sorry it’s flared up for you. i’m so sorry. i am sending you much light. left shoulder shooting through to neck and down to upper stomach. am i anywhere close? behind the eyes too. 🙂 our list is colorful, but climbing trees i think covers it all wendy. that, that is one of the greatest of them all. so glad no one was with you in the accident. always awaiting your next thoughts of love. by the way, loving the pics of your grandson on fb. god, that hair is soooo adorable. what a cutie!

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