Is It Fear Or Is It Thrill

Is It Fear Or Is It Thrill

I woke up thinking this this morning.  Something odd to be thinking about as I was wondering thru my memories and I got to thinking……..with these mountains I’ve been introduced to.  Was it fear I was experiencing or was it a thrill?

I believe both can produce the same feeling.  They both will get your adrenaline pumping for sure.  Perhaps it’s in our recognition.

And the thought crosses my mind, “do we know the difference?”.  How about that one? Do we really know the difference between fear and thrill?

This has got me to thinking, stay with me here I won’t be long.

Let’s take a look at the definitions first, provided by

Fear:   a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real of imagined.

Thrill:  to affect with a sudden wave of keep emotion or excitement, as to produce tremor or tingling sensation thru the body.


So, I start out on an adventure in fear because of the unknown that really is a thrill of an experience.  Right?

Can both coexist??

I’m thinking so……

Here we go, I’m walking across these hanging bridges some 4,000 plus feet above sea level between two mountain sides…..    There is no structure holding this bridge up from underneath!    I think I have a reason to fear…….but now that I’m halfway across my thought changes realizing that this wouldn’t be accessible if it weren’t safe.  Now I’m feeling the exhilaration of walking and looking down at a creek full of boulders forcing the water roughshod around.

For me, honestly I’m attracted more to the positive aspect of the experience meaning that to me, it was a thrill.

The adrenaline rush…..

I believe that to whatever extent we intend to view our experiences, that’s where the value is transformed.  I was gonna put ‘apply’ but chose ‘transformed’ instead because that’s what takes place.  The exhilaration still remains but the fear is exchanged for the thrill.  That’s my experience and that’s by choice.  I choose to be thrilled rather than fear.  It’s a conscious choice.  And I like it that way.

Both Arenal and Irazu Volcanos are considered active.  To sleep near one and to fully scale the others did not involve any doubt or fear.  I’m serious about that.  Perhaps I just don’t know any better but fear was never a component of those experiences, but I can’t brag that way about those hanging bridges!!!  Just being honest.


o, back to this heights thing for a moment.  I’m curious, am I experiencing ‘fear’ or the ‘thrill’?  Both give me that adrenaline rush and there is such a good feeling in the doing and the afterwards.

We were supposed to have made it to Machu Picchu, Peru in the early part of September……that was cancelled after the mudslide in April.  But, it’s back on the agenda.  That’s ‘HIGH’!!!  I’ve seen the walk down and it’s very intimidating, and you can’t turn around and go back………I’m thinking!

I’m thinking ‘yes’, I want to do it.  Now, the decision on when will be a matter of seasonal timing.

Thanks for helping me out getting thru this.  Lots of times I don’t think in terms of ‘fear’ or ‘thrill’ but from now on, I’m gonna pursue ‘thrill’!

Making it to the top!

Keep it FAB!

Peace, love, and beaches,


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