11.15.2010

Hipsta-Love: Roller Coasters


This past Thursday the hubs and I went to Six Flags with our friends, and it was glorious. The weather was sunny and in the 70s, the rides were bigger and crazier than they were the last time I rode a roller coaster (middle school), and we came home completely exhausted (I think I went to bed at 8:30).



What was most interesting to me was how my attitude toward these rides has changed since the care-free days of my teens. Both now and then I still got butterflies in my stomach waiting to get on a ride, but now all I could think about when I was on them was what could go wrong and how long it would take to plunge to the ground if the safety belt suddenly gave way (if you've ridden Tatsu, then you know the feeling).


And, to be honest, I am not okay with this change. I think there's something about those worry-free days most of us had growing up that deserve to be salvaged. As adults we're constantly inundated with work, bills, grocery shopping, taking care of pets and/or kids, and plans for the future, but it's important to have times to let all of that go and just...be. Be in the moment. Be in the twist, turns and loops. Be in the 285-foot drop into an underground tunnel. And love it. And laugh at it.


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