The Adrenaline Quest
"If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room."
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
The best way to enjoy life, feel that you are living is living on the edge, feeling the breath of death. What's the meaning of life if you are living like a vegetable? I try to experience new things in my life and I've done some things that I would love to do again but for some of them one was more than enough.
Flying has always been a dream to humankind. Thanks to our technology (yes it's useful sometimes) we can experience flying. You can try that with jumping of a plane but gliding down a mountain is more charming. I've experience paragliding at Oludeniz, Turkey. The best place to experience paragliding. The most frightening part of paragliding is taking off. You have to run fast and hope that your equipment will hold you in the air. Once you start flying you can enjoy the view.
This is real crazy action I have done once and one is enough. You can feel the sense of jumping to death while free falling and you can actually die if that piece of rope decides to let you go. You pump adrenaline until the rope stretches and you understand that you won't get nailed down.
I don't know if this can be considered a kind of extreme sports but I was on a yacht tour in Turkey, Bodrum and we came to a small island where they call meteor. There was a platform (not a platform only a small wooden plate) at 13-14 meters height and when you look down the sea you saw a meteor hole nearly 10 meters radius and 50 meters deep. So when you go up the platform the scene you see is blue see all over and a black scary hole you should jump. I jumped and it was a good adrenaline rush because you start dreaming of going down that deep hole or get eaten by a sea monster coming out of that hole. (okay I admit that was too much of imagination)
This one is kind of family type of adrenaline. You go ride roller coasters which do amazing tricks at amazing speeds but they are totally safe. This feeling of safeness prevents my heart from pumping adrenaline. I have been to Six Flags Netherlands once and I had so much fun. In terms of adrenaline, I was more scared when I went to a little amusement park in my country where all the rides likely to fail and you are scared to death.
I have traveled Europe on rails two times. First was when I was 16 and I can tell you that traveling whole Europe with a bag and little money brings a month of adrenaline. (I will write a whole new detailed hub about interrail)
This is an extreme sport I love. It actually becomes more extreme when you decide to learn snowboard by yourself (with no ski experience before) and take a ride to the top of mountain. My first journey down was long and painful. I learned the basics in one day and still trying to go snowboarding every year.
If you have already lost the chance of being a formula 1 driver than carting is the best opportunity to feel the racing. Those small cars make you feel the road, the car, the curves and if you have good racing partners you can challenge.
I am sure that there are lots of good ways to pump up the adrenaline, I try to experience new things whenever I can get the chance so If you share your own experiences I'd be glad.