Comfort Zone Expansion At Canada’s Wonderland
I was up at Canada’s Wonderland this past weekend and it is the largest amusement theme park in Canada. I use to go quite often years ago but after over ten years of absence and now lots of current promotion about the newest rollercoaster called Leviathan there, I decided to get a group together and head up. The theme park is only about 30 minutes north of Toronto, Ontario.
I use to really enjoy riding the rollercoasters and other rides as a former seasons pass holder to Canada’s Wonderland. I’m not quite sure why it’s been such a long break for me but as expected when I got up there on Saturday, there were quite a few new rides in addition to Leviathan that I haven’t been on before.
Being on site with all of these rollercoasters and other thrill rides got me to think about some of my past trips and the people who were there. Although there were certainly some fellow people who were just as enthusiastic as I was about the rides, not everyone in my past trips actually got on these rides. Some folks just stayed on the relatively calmer rides like the merry go-rounds and even the kiddie rides. They would just wait at the bottom while us daring ones from the group would be on the rollercoasters.
To me, sitting out on the rollercoasters defeated the purpose of going up to Canada’s Wonderland in the first place since the main attractions up there are the big rides. One can easily find kiddie rides like the merry go-round elsewhere at many of the summer amusement carnivals for a fraction of the price of a Canada’s Wonderland outing.
So why pay the high cost of admission, parking, inflated prices for food and gas to get up to Canada’s Wonderland when one is not going on the rollercoasters and other big thrill rides?
Comfort Zone Is Indicator Of Other Areas Of Life
I’ve noticed that the more daring people in society who will brave the rollercoasters are in general, more daring with other areas of their lives as well. The reserve seems to be true. Those who were too scared to go on even the mildest of the rollercoasters, tend not to be too adventurous with other life activities.
For example, at least in my own observations, people who snowboard or downhill ski during the winter will usually be among the lineups waiting to get onto the rollercoasters. Those who opt to sit out each one tend to be the same folks who are also too scared to go skiing, rollerblading, scuba diving or other activities they consider to be too dangerous or extreme.
Those sitting out have comfort zones that limit them to very conservative social activities such as having dinner at restaurants, watching TV, casual walks and shopping. While these activities are enjoyable, they hardly require any comfort zone expansion.
It’s just a different type of individual altogether when it comes to who is adventures in life and who isn’t. Adventurous people tend to be more eager to try new things out while conservative folks sit back and wait for others.
By observing who is eager to get on the rollercoasters and who isn’t, we often have a pretty good indicator of what that person is in other parts of life. You of course have to decide which camp you want to belong to.
Personally for me, I prefer to be within the rollercoasters crowd since I find that these people are also pretty game for other activities in life which require some guts. These are people that I tend to socially be more involved with because they are folks I do my skiing, rollerblading and scuba diving with.
Don’t get me wrong, I do have many friends who are on the conservative side. But to me, the most memorable and exciting moments in life with others have been those which usually involve individuals who have a thirst for adventure.
After all, a day on the ski slopes or over the coral reefs are a lot more exciting to talk about later than just some dinner at a restaurant. The adventurous people are those that I tend to personally gravitate towards.
Now whether there is a relationship between sense of adventure, comfort zones and success in general, that is another debate altogether which I won’t get into today.
By the way, the first drop of Canada’s Wonderland Leviathan ride freaked the heck out of me but I would go on it again without any hesitation. The photo at the top shows the long climb up and then the sudden 80 degree angle drop.
Here’s another shot of Leviathan below. From this angle, the over 300 foot high first drop at 80 degree drop is to the left and has speeds reaching 148 klm/hour or 92 miles/hour. It’s a 3.5 minute crazy ride that some sicko must have designed (but I’m glad he or she did)!p>