A couple of weeks ago, I took the time to re-certify in Wilderness First Aid. I’ve never had to use my skills to handle extreme situations but I have had to bandage up some scrapes and assess some bumps and bruises. Well, those kinds of things and the infamous toe incident.
Going through the course again got me thinking about why it’s so important even though I don’t use the skills all that much. What it boils down to is that knowledge is power, especially when it comes to safety.
Because that’s what it all comes down to, right? The fear of injury and not being able to get help when needed is probably our biggest limiting factor in adventuring. Having a good working knowledge of first aid gives you the confidence to break away from fears of being isolated whether it’s in the backcountry or on long road trips. That knowledge helps you assess situations realistically and keeps minor incidents from becoming emergencies.
It gives you the freedom to explore far-and-wide, unencumbered by doubts and fears.
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. ~Tacitus