Many of us have boarded a roller coaster at least once in our lives, whether it be at a small carnival in the middle of a parking lot somewhere, or a notorious amusement park. Our stomachs begin to get butterflies as we wait in line, and follow us as we take our seats, and buckle up. The suspense begins to eat away at our inner core of what’s to come no matter whether it’s our tenth time riding or our first. It’s then that we begin to think in our mind, again. However, these small thrills that some of us may experience are nothing in comparison to the types of death defying stunts that a number of thrill seekers engage in on a daily basis. Such activities can range from balancing on a skateboard atop a skyscraper, to rock climbing with no harness on.
First and foremost, thrill seeking is defined as, “being eager to take part in exciting activities that involve physical risk”. In turn, one primary factor for one doing such is the adrenaline that comes with it, and/or the rush/release of endorphins, much like that of a runner’s high. A runner’s high is “a feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running and that is held to be associated with a release of endorphins by the brain”. As a result, a thrill seeker oftentimes experiences something similar to this even if it doesn’t necessarily stem from the activity of running.
One activity in particular, briefly mentioned earlier, is free solo climbing which involves “climbing without a rope, safety gear, or a partner”. The gravest consequence that follows such an extreme sport is death. Yet even so, thrill seekers who engage in such are aware of the risk that comes with it. In turn, that’s oftentimes how it is with thrill seekers. They choose to take part in dangerous activity, but aren’t forced to, and know of the potential outcomes, and/or injuries.
In conclusion, thrill seeking can result in death if one is not careful with the extent to which they engage in certain activities. Individuals may find themselves wanting more thrills because of the feeling that courses through their body in response to them. But, one must be careful, because too much of one thing can be deadly. However, if one is itching for a good thrill zip-lining, indoor skydiving, zorbing, and volcano boarding are only a few among several options that one can look into when planning his/her next thrill seeking adventure.