Doing What You Love

The Write Perspective


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While reading through random news I found out that extreme sportsman and BASE jumper Dean Potter and one of his companions died while performing a jump in Yosemite National Park (perhaps they fell by accident?). Right now there is some speculation because it was not filmed or publicized and rather carried out in secret because they did not want the park rangers to see them. It is illegal to BASE jump in a national park.

Last year I saw his documentary and I couldn’t help but think, ‘this man is going to die doing this stuff.’ It’s eerie to see someone’s mortality in something they enjoy doing so much. On that level it’s not much different than someone dying of a drug overdose. For Potter, BASE jumping and other activities that could result in death, provided such an exhilarating but self-important purpose. He knew of the consequences. I believe he…

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