Coaster Friday November 3, 2006, 0 comments

You waited in line. You waited and waited and waited. Sometimes it hurt, and sometimes you found people to spend the time with, but mostly you spent it alone, wondering if this was all there was. And eventually you saw there was more.

Just as the sweaty foam of the safety bar is lowered over your head and pressed against the shoulders, screams from far away percolate through the hush of the crowd to your ears and you wonder to yourself: what am I doing here?

As the thought surfaces from the turbulent pool of your mind, the whole train lurches forward. The back of your head gently taps the headrest behind, and your heart rate increases. Anticipation wraps its fingers around your stomach.

You look forward, and see the track rise so steeply up and out of sight. The clack-clack-clack of the elevation chain under the train rattles up through your spine, and again, you ask yourself what you’re doing here.

You knew everyone else thought it was a bad idea, but you knew, in your heart and your mind that it was right, you couldn’t help yourself, and now you’re strapped in, locked down as the thumping of the chain and the thumping of your heart accompany your rise.

The cars in front of you disappear over the edge, and suddenly, silently, your insides rise and your breath is pressed out of you. The exhilaration stuns you – it is so deep and so powerful. This was why you couldn’t say no, why you couldn’t help yourself. Who could?

Because there’s nothing else in the world quite like it. And as you look down, breathless and alive and finally fully completely yourself, you finally see that this ride will never end, that the ups and downs are finally over and all that’s left is the joy.


Comments

Commenting has ended for this post, but I'd still love to hear from you.

The website of Adrian Lebar

A Rain of Frogs is written, designed and built by Adrian Lebar, a twenty(!) year veteran of web design and development. He is currently managing web and mobile development teams at Canada’s largest and most beloved classifieds site, Kijiji!

He is a father, sailor, snowboarder, skier, cyclist, writer, artist, graphic designer, classically trained musician and afraid of heights.

Adrian is not currently available for freelance and contract work. Learn more.

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.”
- Hugh MacLeod

Twitter

  • @heatherlebar That’s the FIRST person, not the last one. Last one was 45 years today. Thursday December 14, 2017
  • It’s been 45 years to the day since a human walked on the moon. Thursday December 14, 2017
  • “RECONSIDER” by @dhh t.co/FhxoO2QSEF Tuesday December 5, 2017
  • “Pretty Birds in Pretty Cages: Could the Nuclear Family Be the Reason We’re All Miserable?” by @NSallakAnderson t.co/9dpcTlGzOP Tuesday December 5, 2017
  • How the hell is the new Tesla Roadster accelerating faster than 1G? What am I not understanding? Friday November 17, 2017
  • “Why software engineers don’t get jobs: Three horror stories” — Iwan t.co/Zrtpia4hgz t.co/lHuOvwndOJ Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Slaughterbots t.co/578dddG5kE via @YouTube Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Kenny Holland - Can't Help Falling Over The Rainbow ft. my sister Capri t.co/Fp1imZNgFB via @YouTube Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Happy birthday Matthew G, wherever you are. Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • “‘Make relationships, not things.’” — @stevebryant t.co/deMwdrUX8x Wednesday November 8, 2017