I'm off to the Universal Studio theme parks today as part of my birthday celebration. Fun will be had. Fattening, delicious food will be eaten. But most importantly, roller coasters will be riden. Repeatedly.
I am a thrill junkie when it comes to coasters. I have no desire to jump off a bridge attached to a giant rubber band or pitch myself out of a perfectly good airplane based on the assumption that a large sheet of nylon will keep me afloat, but lead me to a coaster and I will ride.
According to some research I did online, people who enjoy roller coasters are thrill seekers - people whose lives are structured, stressed or somehow controlled. The coaster experience allows them to "scream it all out." There may even be a gene that contributes to the thrill seeking drive in some of us. In my case, it came from dad. I can remember being the only one who would ride coasters with him when I was younger. He'd hold my glasses firmly in one hand and the safety bar with the other. Ah...those were the days.
So. Are you a thrill seeker or do you prefer to play it safe? (And is there any correlation between being a thrill seeker and the kind of books we like to read? I'd love to know.)