On our bike excursion in Quebec the week before our dinner time conversation turned to a discussion of whether we would hold onto our bicycles if we went over the edge of the trail into the water or would we let go of them.(I asked what people would do?) People were mixed on their answers. But I did notice that one person wondered why I would even be thinking about that while on the trail. I talked a bit about how I think this when I am on the rider mower and am mowing close the edge of a cliff that falls away to the river. Would I try to stay on the mower if it went over the edge or would I try to jump free? My husband says he would jump free to avoid the blades but I am not so sure I would do that. What if I fell onto the blades.
Back to the dinner conversation . We had moved on to talking about checking for exits in public places like movie theatres. One man didn't see the point. Once we panicked we wouldn't be able to remember that anyway. Mm I always feel better if I think knowing how to get out or how to save myself or others by having a plan ahead of time was a good thing. I really have no idea if I would know what to do if there was an emergency or a panic but I like to think that us hyper-vigilant folks would at least feel calmer and be able to keep our heads about us while the others are running madly off in all directions!
My mother worked for a fire fighting supply company for years and she talked to fire chiefs from across the country. She learned that they always do a visual check for exits when they are in a public space like a theatre or arena. They also don't stay above the second floor in a high rise--apparently that is about how high the ladders can reach. I think they know a thing or two about paying attention.
So I am going to honour my vigilance and continue to consider what might be dangerous so I can be prepared.