Sky diving, mountain climbing, base jumping. We are a planet of thrill seekers. Crazy, mad, thrill seeking, talking monkeys.
We no longer have to run away from saber-tooth tigers and so our fight or flight response system is just sat around with nothing to do. In order to satisfy it we head out there looking for danger, new ways to get our adrenalin pumping.
I get it, I really do. I wouldn’t class myself as an adrenalin junkie but I understand the need for adventure, the thrill seeking missions that we put ourselves on. I’ve been abseiling, caving, pot holing, climbing, hiking, flown down zip wires, zoomed round race tracks in high speed cars, I love roller coasters. To some people those things are nothing, they could do them in their sleep but for me they got my adrenalin pumping and I’d do them all again because it was exciting. I relish the experience and adventure. My ‘why’ for doing these many different things is basically ‘why not?’
I spoke to a couple of mentalist friends of mine and asked why they do the mad things that they do…
“When you lead such a controlled life, the feeling that you aren’t truly in control is the rush. To truly let go is a thrill” – Andy Redpath
Many of us do live controlled lives without even really noticing it. We’re controlled by time, most of us are anyway. Those of us who work regular every day jobs or have children. You have to have control over certain things, that’s just they way it is. So when you no longer have control it can be a little bit scary and your brain will freak out, push through that though and just let go.
“There is something about being close to death that makes you feel more alive” – Craig Whitrick
Just think about that for a second, read it back to yourself and really let it sink in…
I suppose there is no way to feel more alive than to be potentially facing death and if I were to jump out of an airplane I would think of nothing more but dying. I’m not brave enough to do a skydive, ever since watching THAT episode of Hollyoaks – I’m sure you can find it on YouTube.
In most circumstances though, how ever you get your rush, you tend to live afterwards and that is a euphoric emotion. Being scared and excited to the point of euphoria.
The beauty of this feeling is that you don’t have to be base jumping or sky diving. You can find it in all sorts of places. Horror films, fun fairs, being on stage, scuba diving. Whatever fills you with excitement. The adrenalin junkies aren’t the only ones having all the fun! 😉
Get out and have an adventure!
Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.
Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,
next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing 🙂
Be happy and keep smiling 🙂