When I was 11 years old, I was grounded from my bookshelf for 2 weeks. My parents hauled that heavy, old bookshelf into the hallway and took away all my reading lights. It was a fitting (and miserable) punishment. And it's a bit indicative of my life since.
Former roller derby girl, cliff jumper, and skydiver, I firmly believe in plunging headfirst into your fears. I will try just about anything once and escape the everyday to go cliff jumping, skydiving, cross-country roadtripping, and burying my head in a book.
My favorite books are The Lord of the Rings. I dug battered copies of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers out of a bin at a library book sale in the 4th grade. The worn covers are barely hanging on, but I was entranced by the characters. Ever since, I've been chasing adventure.