All the backflips your tummy's hellbent on performing the moment one of those giant boat-shaped pendulums in amusement parks throws you up into the air, right before you throw up the dosa-chutney you had for lunch.
The momentary chill that swims up and down your spine when you lean too far back in a park swing you've been goading higher and higher, right before you realize you wont really fall. Swings always helped me colour my childhood fantasies about flying. If you cud only successfully will the cold steel chains holding up the wooden seat of that wonderful, wonderful swing out of existence, it would be like flying through the air. It wud be an almost-flight before the fall.
And falling, in the span before realisation or even the ground hits you, falling can be wonderfully freeing. Thats why its called a free fall, no?
so do you want to fall or fly?
Mefisto, you know that thing that birds do, falling for a bit and then pulling out of it and soaring up..I'd love to do that!
ramya, wow! Exactly! Paragliding!
What do you think of this- fear of heights is the fear of an urge to jump. This line, or an equivalent of it is from Kari the graphic novel.
yup ure right crazy woman
You title's the lyrics of a song naa?
What about bungee jumping? :D
Anushka I am still to read Kari..its just sitting in my cupboard since May, now I have one more reason to get to it..the thought is very intriguing!
Srishti, yup! Free-fallin' by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! ;) and I've actually tried bungee-jumping in Goa..trust me, I was really scared to jump, and I was praying real hard the whole time..and when that jolt kicks in and you know you're not going to go splat at the last second you pretty much thank every deity you cud possibly imagine! :D I dont think I'll be doing it again in a hurry..
:) Brings to mind something written by Milan Kundera although I am not sure what.
I know what you mean. This -
"Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves."
The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
It was on my old blog. :)
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