(This is APADO, a series where I attempt to write a post once a day for the entire month of October. And I’m already burning out. And this is fun, I’m reminding myself.)
(This is Saturday night, it’s been a really long week, and I need to get batteries for my camera so I can write some posts that actually mean something – but hey, gotta do whatcha gotta do.)
(And the photo in the graphic’s not mine. And I don’t really care….? It’s from Six Flags’ website. Kudos to them. Ditto to the gifs.)
You never know just how brave you are until you sit in a roller coaster car and pull down the restraint.
Not only are you about to experience ridiculous speeds and incredible Gs, but you also just chose to do so. Willingly.
For me, this realization brings my heart rate up at least 25 bpm every single time I ride a roller coaster, even though I go to Six Flags a bit more than your average person.
It’s easy to talk big when you’re safe on the ground, watching the coaster do its thing. But it gets progressively harder as you weave through the cue line, as you get up close to the ride, as you feel the energy it’s throwing off surging beneath your feet.
And the very hardest part is sitting down in the car, pulling the restraints down, and accepting the fact that you’re going to do something that doesn’t make logical sense.
But that’s the fun part about roller coasters.
Because you made a stupid decision. You’re doing something that doesn’t make sense.
And you’re able to.
When you’re going up the hill, you know you’ve been really, really rash, but when you’re going down, you know why people love roller coasters.
Because humans like to go fast.
We like to feel the power of something we’ve invented.
And we like to feel proud of ourselves when we come screaming into the station. Because against all odds, and everything coming at you – you just rode a hundred-foot-tall metal beast. On purpose. And you had fun.
Imagine the places that kind of mindset will take you.
And this is why I love roller coasters.
Sayonara for now,
(P.S: yes, I have ridden all the roller coasters pictured in this post. yes, it took much determination/panicking. my home park is six flags over texas.)