As a pro-kayaker we make tens of dollars instead of millions but the thrills and thirst for approval is the same. It's a game changer when people are upset that you choose NOT to run something...then the media goes elsewhere and the sponsors stop calling...and there is a temptation to call back and say ''hey, I'm gonna do something huge!'' just to get back the attention. But the risk is real and however however desperate the persona is for attention it is never going to be enough for the self and there is a real chance you might never perform at any level if things go wrong. I focus on the fact that when no one is around and I'm too old for anyone else to care I still want to be able to go enjoy the motions and sensations of kayaking to whatever ability I am able. Strong motivation to preserve your body comes from a realization of it's limitations. Find an old man who still gets after it passionately on his own for his own personal sensations. Visualize that as a goal to help balance the one's immediate desires for attention with those of the simple enjoyments of the future. Thanks for sharing.