Sunday, June 07, 2009

Because men think they need adventure

Tandem skydive

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”  JRR Tolkien

Men like to think they need adventure.

It’s one of the more charming things about them.

They like to toss themselves out of planes, beat each other at football, pull themselves up mountains, pump competitively at the gym, flog the times at go cart racing, jerk the rifles at the shooting range, crank it up in snowboarding, pound the heart paragliding, grease it up bungee jumping, plug it mountain bike riding, stretch it cross country skiing, brush it marathon running, roll down rapids, spank roosters, feel their way in the dark, commune with nature caving, dance with dragons,  do their homework, and generally just holding their own in many and varied ways.

What it really means for men to go out an engage in dangerous activities is unknown. What the subtext is here; what the secret message is; the repressed feelings being indulged in, is a mystery.

But every now and then men need to let the cat out of the bag, stew in their own juice and call in the secret service.

In romance novels, adventure is usually about defending themselves against villainous enemies, hungry vampires, or bitter twisted gods. There is no need to ‘release ones energy’ through dangerous activities, as great relief is expelled when they live happily ever after and can relax away from pent up frustrations.


1 comment:

  1. I think that adventures are very great, i have been cliff jumping and i know its not really like sky diving or anything like that, but it is extremely exciting. The feeling that you get when your standing on the cliff however much feet in the air is great. Everyone should try it