Life is nothing if not a big Craps table.
We choose if and when we toss the dice or perhaps
we elect not to throw them at all.
It is my opinion that those who never pick up those cubes
are often, as Henry David Thoreau described, leading lives
of quiet desperation.
If you're going to back off the gear by degree, enjoy thoroughly
the experience of doing so. Be conscious of the joy of feeling
the warm breezes and the general lightness of being as you move
from place to place.
Otherwise... why bother.