The Rush of Speed
This wonderful picture that was featured on the home page of Pixabay gives such a great sense of movement and speed that it is almost dizzying to look at. I wonder why people enjoy the feeling of speeding along so much? I personally love roller coasters (and um, driving kinda fast), although I will draw the line at going fast DOWNWARD (no bungee jumping or skydiving for me, thanks)!
Is it the feeling of freedom, or maybe it almost gives us a sense of flying? I guess from an evolutionary standpoint, being able to go fast can get you out of danger, and it is quite a thrill to be able to go faster, albeit with mechanical assistance, than you ever could on your own, just running. And of course, you can go fast and not get tired!
Some people don't like to go very fast, though. How fast is "too fast" really varies from person to person. If I am on a long trip, I like to drive at least 70 mph in clear conditions, but I keep it under 80 mph. I think 80 is too fast to properly react if something happens with other cars. I *have* driven faster...120 mph *cough*. Nobody else was on the road at the time, but I do realize that was pretty crazy. Fortunately, I didn't drive that fast for more than a couple of minutes. And yes, I was sober!
I would happily go 80 mph or faster in a vehicle under safe and controlled conditions, though. Airplanes go very fast, but it's hard to tell because they are so high above the ground. The International Space Station orbits the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour. Now THAT'S fast!!
So, how fast have YOU driven? How fast is too fast?
Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/rails-railway-railroad-tracks-253134/ by jingoba