I am at Universal Studios. For anyone that knows me this is peculiar. Amusement parks on this caliber are not really my thing. It wreaks of capitalism and I can think of 1,000 reasons I should not be in this park but I am here which makes my 1,000 points less valid. I am at Universal Studios for two reasons. One because my partner drags me to these things. And two, because of the experience. There is absolutely no place like the #1 theme park, Universal Studios. The ride is almost worth the wait. You senses are engaged. You are captivated. You are transported. You forget about your life as it is. They know how to do a ride. It’s a different world.
But even beyond the creativity of this theme park, what I really most like are the rides. Even after all of the creativity, I like a ride that gets my adrenalin going. I’m not sure why. I get in the line. Once in the line I watch people on the ride screaming. I watch how fast the ride is going so I can get more scared. I ponder my choices. I do more waiting. Once strapped in I accept there is no turning back. I accept that I must now face the doom of my choice. I look around and I try to hold on for dear life to the objects they have given me as I’m tossed up, down, around and upside down at insane speeds. And then the ride is over and I get off. And that is it. Occasionally, I get some bragging rights because my partner almost always chickens out on these rides. As I am maturing I wonder when I will stop but then I go again and again and again.
I had a lot of thoughts on this trip but one I want to share here – the real adrenalin pumping rides remind me that I can and you can and we can. I know this is an odd strand of thought but it is how my brain works. I watch some people, maybe certain people in certain groups who have a disposition to be afraid because of the ride but that is all it is. I want to say to people who are not as confident of themselves or their skills much of life is a ride. At times our adrenalin gets involved…but it’s no reason not to get on the ride. Please know that you can…you can do whatever is out there that you have been afraid to do. We can do so much more but we have to first be willing to strap in, accept and get beyond the ride.