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When I was in my teens and 20s, I LOVED rollercoasters. Now that Im in my late 30s, I cant tolerate them anymore. Why is this?

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People change. Your feeling of balance changes. And, frankly, you become smarter concerning the risks that you're taking..

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There is enough scary stuff in real life that you don't need them anymore?

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People's interests change as they grow older. This happens when someone becomes more mature and drops everything that they used to do in childhood. This means that you may feel out of the age bracket or you just want to keep yourself where you are supposed to be.

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fritzmerde

Because you're too old. Seriously as we age our bodies are constantly changing. Often the lining of the stomach just isn't as strong as it once was, the acid takes its toll over time. Things like ulcers, especially caused by stress also take reduce your ability to stomach things (so to speak) The inner ear & brain control your ability to deal with spatial disorientation. When you spin, get up quickly, shake your head rapidly or go inverted your brain has to decipher what the ear is telling it. when the fluid inside your inner ear moves the hairs inside it, that motion coupled with what you see is interpreted by the brain. Sometimes that ability is reduced, things like meds., illness, damage, disease and a lack of practicing rapid directional changes reduce your ability to keep your cookies down. In the Air Force we sometimes had flight crew members that just couldn't handle the Gs and rapid changes. We actually have programs that these individuals attend that teach those folks how to deal with it. Civilians don't have that readily available & suffer like you--but it can be dealt with

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Makes sense. Thanks Fritz!
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You're welcome, it does stink that it occurs, but you're in a large group of folks. The older we get the less our bodies can take. As a child you can fall out of trees, get crushed playing football, party for days, drink enough to drown a moose and just keep going. If I drank all night & just partied, it would take me a week to heal. When you're yanking and banking flying, your stomach starts yelling at you. I've been lucky & never hurled, but I've been about as close to it as one can get-to be honest only my ego kept me from decorating the cockpit
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