Polyester Emos and feelings in Slackline

Interesting question asked today on SlackChat:

Is it normal that your friends get fed up with you going on about slacklining?
--Matthew Warwick.

tl;dr yes

Polyester Emos

When we walk, we go trough a lot of emotions, thoughts and different states of the mind and body. Every step, every "fight" we win, every trick we land all that enhanced by adrenaline, be it from achievement, fear (height, bounce etc) throws us into jeopardy of our mind.

In some disciplines like highlining that plays a huge role to the overal success (if we are to measure it by "sending" the line). We can often see people who are comfortable on long lines being "scared", or failing to send lines which are much shorter than their personal record closer to the ground.

My friend and I were already walking 60m+ longlines while we miserably failed (multiple times) to make more than a few steps on a 29m highline...

Sharing and understanding

Our natural curiousity is constanty active, asking us questions as "Why did the line do that?", "How did I manage thus far?", "Did I lock the door?", "Is this hot girl/guy still watching?" etc... Once we finish with our sessions and we give the brain a bit of rest and time to comprehend of what happened earlier. Well I don't know about all but I think most of us tend to share their thoughts with other slackliners/participants in the session... you know... socializing around a common iterest. It is not so uncommon to hear "I felt like...", "Thats not feeling like...", "It feels like...", "It's strange...", "Looks/Looked like"

Why others don't get it

Unlike other sports, such as freestyle ski/snowboard, downhill mountainbiking where there is clear visual refference to the level of skill of the participant, slacklining it it's pure form is "just walking" as the hardest part stays invisible to non-slacklinig observers. That's why it is hard for them to understand or relate to our feelings and experiences.