This is an open letter I wrote to my son when he asked me to write my feelings when I was doing stunt work.
These are some of those feelings:

Several people have interviewed me and the one question they always ask is; would you change anything in your life?

No. Nothing could ever take the place of my family, my two boys and the love I have for them. Yes, I’ve done many things that most people will never do: I rode with the Jessie James gang. We robbed trains, stagecoaches—just about everything. Oh yeah, I went to the moon as well. I was with Robin Hood in the Sherwood Forest. Boy, what a great time we had.

I think of the experience I had in India when I was hunting a tiger that had plagued a village. There he was, ten feet up on a rock. My heart was beating a hundred miles an hour. I got the tiger. I had such a thrill I couldn’t even put it into words.

Then I found myself, while filming Hatari, riding in a Jeep as a two thousand pound rhino was trying to put its horn through my leg. I can’t tell you how I felt when that shot was over. I was so relieved it was done. And what did I get out of it? “That’s a great shot, Ted.” That’s all I ask for and that’s all you ever get doing stunts. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about one of them. How could I ever live a different life? Some of the great places I’ve been, still in my memory; Germany, India, Paris, London, New Guinea and Africa. And some of the great actors and directors I’ve worked with; John Wayne, Clark Gable, Victor Mature, Rock Hudson, Jim Garner, Howard Hawks, John Ford and David Lean, to name a few. This is my life. I asked for it. I lived it and I loved it.

 – Ted White