I have to admit it…. I have a need for speed. I have a need to be pushed to the limit of fear and charge past it with laughter, arms thrown high in the air, and screaming for more. On Sunday mornings in the summer months our family fun is to head for Tivoli in the centre of Copenhagen – one of the oldest and best amusement parks in the world. We have no chickens in our house – we love to scare ourselves to the edge of reason. Well my husband does tend to turn a little green at times, but that’s another story.
Last Sunday the summer fun began and we made our first trip of the season to Tivoli. The kids did their usual rush around the first few familiar, cosy rides – the old wooden rollercoaster, the sky-touching carousel and a few other goodies. But after an hour my eldest stepdaughter and I couldn’t resist any longer – it was Vertigo time. Yep that’s the post picture – it’s basically a small aeroplane that seats 4 people stuck on the end of a long arm that goes around 360 degrees. As the arm rotates the plane can then rotate in the middle so you go round and round on the other axis.
This ride pulls more sustained G’s than any other in the world – it even impresses the Americans that visit! The ride generally reaches a point when you decide it’s very close to impossible to breathe and that’s followed the ride slowing right down at the highest point to dangle you upside down, staring down at the ground and held in place by nothing but your safety harness….and holding you there. Check out the video at the bottom of this post if you’d like to see the ride in action. Make sure you keep watching to the final minute or so when the world starts to spin to two directions… Respect to the guy who filmed it and managed to hang on to his camera!
On our Vertigo trip this week we met a very pleasant English guy and chatted about Tivoli and the fact that we loved coming here on Sunday mornings. The poor guy had no idea what he was in for and had been forced on to the ride by his girlfriend, who told him he was chicken if he didn’t try it. Needless to say she wasn’t sitting beside him, but was standing on terra firma smirking in her sunglasses as we prepared for take off. And the ride began……by turning us immediately upside down.
Vertigo can have an amazing effect on people, unlike anything I’ve seen on any other ride. Instead of those huge, loud, ear-piercing screams you get on the average rollercoaster, Vertigo can induce a stunned silence in first time riders. They have neither the breath left to scream as a result of the G-force or there isn’t enough blood left flowing to their brain to tell their throat to scream! As the machine careened to its maximum velocity the English guy managed to gasp… “…other people read the newspapers on a Sunday morning!” Needless to say he tottered off at the end of the ride, unsure what had actually hit him. The ride home on Easyjet that afternoon was going to hold no fear for him.
What is it that I love about these rides? Simple answer – being pushed not just out of my comfort zone, but way, way, way out past its boundaries. A quiet life can seem so attractive, predictable and safe. But what does it get you? Small goals, small successes and a self-inflicted prison of mediocrity, limiting decisions. limiting beliefs, can’ts, musts and must nots. You’re like that baby elephant, trained to stand tied to a stick in the ground so that when you grow in to an adult you believe that is the confines of your world and you have no idea you can break free at a moment’s notice and run for freedom.
You’ll never know what you can achieve until you push yourself outside your comfort zone, uncomfortable as it may feel, and keep pushing yourself day in and day out. You can simply choose to change your behaviour, right now. If there’s more you want in life then you have to do something different. Alcoholics Anonymous’s definition of insanity is to keep on doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result…
Getting outside your comfort zone is your chance to grow, your chance to do things you never dreamed possible and your chance to achieve every success you want in your life. “A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” (Dennis Waitley)
So get out there, break those boundaries and achieve your dreams!
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