Bungee jumpers, racecar drivers, skydivers, and other extreme sport enthusiasts all have something in common. We all know what it is…no, it’s not insanity. It’s an adrenaline rush – propelled by the fight or flight response.
I admit that if I had the opportunity to zoom around a racetrack in a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I my hands couldn’t grip the steering wheel fast enough. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good physiological reason for the need for speed, but I’ll leave it to the clinical psychologists to explain that. The point is humans love to have a little thrill from time to time.
What? You claim you’re not one of those people? You don’t take risks? You don’t put yourself in the thrill-seeking category? I say, “Baloney!” If you’ve ever been inclined to ride a roller coaster – well, you’re in the group. If you’ve ever driven over a hill just a bit too fast so you can feel that funny tickle in your belly – well, you’re one of them. If you’ve ever dared to have a sexual escapade in a public place – oh, you’re definitely on the list of thrill seekers!
I’ve discovered I get a little adrenaline rush when I’m sitting perfectly still, except for the tapping of the keys on the keyboard. Believe it or not, when I’m writing well and I feel it and know it, I get an amazing rush of adrenaline. My fingers can’t type fast enough, my heartbeat quickens, and I’m so hyped up after that first draft it takes me at least an hour to decompress. I jabber non-stop to anyone around me and I’m full of excess energy that I must find a way to burn off. I’m curious to know if my fellow writers have the same experience. It’s kind of funny to think of us writer types being lumped in with bungee jumpers, but if the rush fits…