The word "excitement" seems to be responsible for much of the disagreement. Many people associate it with only positive experiences, implying a desire to have those experiences. It is also often associated with experiences like reckless joyriding, drug use, and the commission of crimes from vandalism to rape, activities usually considered negative. What they share in common is the adrenaline rush, the heightened senses, the focus and sense of urgency or immediacy, often in the presence of something momentously different and unexpected. In this spirit, and under illumination of my choosing, I can only agree with the OP.