My sense of security is screamingly absent. Their main attraction in the park is called, “dragster,” shooting out to 500 feet in the sky, with a straight angle going down. My friends have been on my tail about not being scared and not worrying about anything. The thing is, is that the roller coasters go so high and fast, with no guard rails on the sides. That places deadly snap shots in my head. While looking around in my surroundings, seeing huge bulging rocks, a beautiful sky blue lake with swans swimming and floating mindlessly. We overheard the staff members that were running this killer ride talking about shutting the ride down. That brought shock into my eyes. I was nervous once again. It seemed hopeless, as if they were going to shut down the ride because we were the next ones in line. My friends wanted to go on this ride so bad that we had waited over an hour and a half in this line. During the last five minutes we had become very paranoid. “Wouldn’t it be funny if those brakes at the top weren’t working?” Joe said, laughing at something that wasn’t funny at all. “Just shut up,” was the only thing I thought of. All of a sudden we hear this arcade type noise and lights were flashing. The ride had opened up again. The crowd was yelling and chanting. Everyone was happy.
I was a little hesitant at first, but everyone convinced me to start off small. "We'll only get on the little rides if you want.", Emily said. "Yeah, we won't go on any of the big roller coasters unless you really want too.", Henry agreed. Feeling a little more at ease now, I agreed to get on the small rides. They were really fun and we were all having a great time. I kept looking up at the big rides and saw all the people getting on with big smiles and laughing. "What's the worst that can happen? I want to try to get on that one.", I said as I pointed at a yellow and blue roller
The summers of 2013, I went to Cedar Point. It was me, my brother, my mom, dad, and my dad’s friend. My dad said, “we are going to get on all of us the roller coasters” and the rest of us said “ok.”
Brushing aside the invitation to ride along with friends, felt as if I was creating a void in our friendship. The idea of that feared me more than anything. Sometimes one just has to endure their fears and go for it, just as Theseus did when he successfully slayed the minotaur of the labyrinth. The satisfaction of getting off my first roller coaster ride released the tension I had between the it and myself. Luckily, it has also made me realize that fears that may seem too large to conquer, can be made easy as long as one puts the dedication to overcome them.
I remember a day when I was walking in the Six Flags theme park in Texas with my best friend. The smell of popcorn and candy and the feeling of excitement from the little kids coming for the first time with the grandparents just enjoying the family experience. We were walking down the winding stone pathways, waiting for our next adventure at every turn. Trying not to leave our parents behind, we ran ahead enough to be in eyesight, but we were going at our own pace. He and I stood amazed at the sight of the gigantic rides as their shadows were cast down over us. The mini-shops and food stand would attract our little noses at the sight and smell of every peculiar food and trinket imaginable. My Friend, Rhett, suggested we go try a roller coaster. At first, I thought he was just joking around trying to scare me. I asked him what he really wanted to do and after that I realized that he wasn’t joking.
One summer, the Lane family planned to go to Six Flags. I was probably in third grade. We were (or at least I was) absolutely ecstatic! I love roller coasters with all my heart! The rush and the drops that turn your stomach into jelly are simply breathtaking! When you go to Six Flags over Georgia, or any other amusement park, your goal should be to get to the gate as early as possible in order to get to the best rides before anyone else does. The experience is even better if you can ride the best one multiple times. My unofficial job as a Lane family roller coaster fanatic is to set up the schedule for the day, especially because I am the youngest in the family. Our first priority was the Goliath. All that came between us and the main event was one hill and a left turn. As we headed down the path to our destination, I couldn’t help but think about how much FUN we were about to have. It was about 10 am. The crowds will start filling the empty gaps in the park at any time now. I became truly excited when I began to think about the rush I might get when gliding down the first enormous drop. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that someone thought up the idea of having entertainment you can ride that’s bigger than the eye can see. Suddenly, my
The roller-coaster was in Disney Land and it was an extremely busy day at the park. I found myself constantly worrying that I would be separated from my family and be lost, with no clue where to go. The sound of everyone talking over each other, combined with the roaring of nearby rides, put me into somewhat of a sensory overload. Due to this, I became disoriented and anxious, even before I got in line for the roller-coaster.
It was a hot summer day, and I was eight years old. I went to Cedar Point for the first time. I remember the first coaster I ever rode was the Raptor. It was thrilling and I was a little scared on it, but after I got off, I felt like I was superior. I rode many more roller coasters, then we see the Top Thrill Dragster. The track was a bent oval and had a vertical rise and drop. It is very intimidating and I remember seeing an older lady praying before the ride took off. My aunt, uncle, and mom asked if I wanted to go on it with them, and I was a little hesitant. They told me it is okay if I’m scared, but I did not want to admit it. I had to make the decision quick and agreed to go on it. I was very nervous and my stomach started to hurt out of nowhere. About two hours later of waiting in line, it was our turn to get on. I got on a cart with my mom and my heart was beating like a crazed man banging on a door. I had fear mixed with excitement, but I was determined to ride the Top Thrill Dragster. After everyone was buckled in, the speakers in the platform started playing drag racing car
So those are the places we went to first. Then we went to all the rides, the first thing that we did was the Ferris wheel, and the one at adventure land was way too big for me to go on because I am afraid of heights and if the guy controlling it stopped it at the top my stomach would get really upset. Then Tru and I went on all different rides while my mom Rachel and my aunt Stephanie took my little brother Elliott on the little kid rides. Then Tru and I came upon a big roller coaster and the roller coaster was called the tornado so we were thinking about going on the roller coaster but then Tru thought are we going to die or live, he was a little over exaggerated on if we were die or live so I told to relax and I said “sometimes we need to accomplish something big in our lives as a kid because if we don’t nobody is going to think that you are a brave person”. Tru said “Then how come I have to ride the roller coaster? Can’t you just go on the roller coaster by yourself? I said “no because what I mean by accomplish something is that we have to do something in our lives so when we do get older we are not scared of anything no matter what we do you have to have self-confidence and don’t be scared, and let me tell you that guess what you are going to live if you go on the roller coaster, it might feel like you are going die or pas out but really you’re not.” Tru said “ok fine I will ride the
Finally, I blurted out, I do not want to go on the ride,” they all looked at me with the expression “why” on their faces. I looked at them, and confessed, I am scared to go on a roller coaster, and especially the biggest one in the park.” They all came back to where I was standing and told me that everything was going to be fine and that nothing bad would happen to me if I went. I looked at them, then the roller coaster, and then back at them and made my decision that I still did not want to go. Bree looked at me and walked a little closer to
I shivered as the scalding sun was replaced with a dark sky and a cool breeze. The people that had crowded the theme park rides were now absent. Mostly absent anyway. I was at the Six Flags theme park in Texas with my friend Kera and her parents. We had been at the theme park for a majority of the day riding roller coasters. By “we” I mean Kera’s dad Rob and I. I was his roller coaster buddy all day since Kera and her mom Shannon were more interested in shopping. The last roller coaster we wanted to go on was the Titan. The biggest and fastest coaster in the theme park. That day was also the first time I rode my first roller coaster, so this was a huge jump for me.
I never seen as huge roller coaster and I knew that I wasn't going to ride it at all. As we came in my cousin already asks me can we ride the huge roller coaster I just didn't listen to him so that's what I did.
I buckle my seatbelt and pull down the orange safety harness, my stomach starts to get butterflies. The workers who look like they are still in high school have our lives in their hands. They go down the line dragging, as if they are sleepwalking. The thumbs up is given to the booth, the green circle button is held down for us to start creeping past the gate. Click-click-click, click-click,click! We start to climb up in the sky on the Renegade at Valleyfair. It is then that my heart starts to pound. I start to doubt that this wooden roller coaster is going to hold us. We are so high up we can see almost all the rides and attractions. I find the entrance of The High Roller, a coaster I was trying to find earlier. We reach the top of the almost hundred foot tall peak, my stomach is in my mouth, I can’t see the bottom of the drop.
After three hours of being stuck in traffic and one hour of line waiting we finally made it inside the exciting world of Six flags. My right cheek was still marked with the shape of the hard metal piece from the car seat. Everyone was rushing to enter except me, and this was because I was really nervous to go inside, it was my first time there and I was completely terrified of heights. So why was I there? Well let’s just say I believe that it is always good to take new risks, to experience new feelings. I saw everyone rushing to the first ride, while I was still trying to see how high the superman roller coaster was but the infrastructure of the sign did not allow me to see more than SUPERMAN.
The alarm went off, “Ring-ring-ring-ring!” Under my cozy blanket, I thought of the spectacular experiences awaiting me these few days. I jumped out of bed, swished through my room and got ready. In no time I got ready for what was awaiting! With the stars shining like little diamonds in the dark sky, my parents and I got into the car. I couldn’t believe this day finally arrived, and I was going to Disneyland. We first picked up my enthusiastic friend Kaitlyn and headed to the airport where some of our Spirit Squad friends awaited, ready to get on the plane and fly out to the Happiest Place on Earth. In a few hours, we reached Disneyland where the adventure started. The enormous rides were waiting, and I felt scared at first, but then my adventurous side revealed itself, although I was still cautious. My time spent at Disneyland was priceless. Not only did I have a lot of fun, I also learned that if I don’t face my fears I might miss some of the most wonderful moments in life, but that doesn't mean I can’t say “no” sometimes.