In short, there is no place for the extreme sports "Go Big or Go Home" attitude in Parkour.
When I started "parkour," (i put that in quotes because of the following) I really didn't know what it was all about. I just saw the techniques, I saw the videos, and I went out and did some really stupid stuff that could have seriously injured me. For a little while (and really, a VERY little while) the group I train with were all about "Go big or go home."
I realized, pretty quickly (thankfully), that this was not what parkour was about. It isn't "Go big or go home." It isn't the X-Games. It's not about "jumping off of s%@*." I was damn lucky I didn't break both my legs. As it is, I bashed my hip on a screwed up precision (though that wasn't a "go big" thing, it was just sandy and I didn't check my surfaces (ANOTHER lesson learned)), and to this day a year and a half later, it still gets sore if I lay on it for too long.
Don't trust me on this. Don't blindly take my word for truth, or lies. Read. Read the articles stickied on the .Net forums. Read the articles on APK. Read the articles on NYPK, Colorado PK, any of the other matured community sites (meaning not www.ihartpkandjumpingoffastuff.com). Read and THINK about it, ponder it, meditate on it - whatever on it - until you realize WHY parkour is not about "go big or go home."
I think too quickly seasoned traceurs tell new people that big drops aren't what it's all about, but they don't give any reasons (other than the obvious health/safety reasons which a lot of people apparently don't care about.)
On Where Pianos Roam
Life should be full of dreams both great and small. Dreams borne out of defiance and an insistence to never be held down by the expectations, shortcomings, and naysaying of oneself and others. I have many dreams, and I choose to pursue as many of them as I can.
As such, there are once-in-a-lifetime dreams that I will try to accomplish one way or another.
So, here's my personal bucket list of dreams so far. I'll be changing, editing, and adding to this list every year from now on.
In no particular order . . .