I love amusement park. I enjoy classic rides such as Ferris wheel, Carrousels, Log Rides, the Haunted Mansion, Tilt a Whirl and also I enjoy scary thrill rides like Roller Coaster, Double Shot, Freefall, Pendulum Rides, etc. So, few days ago I visited an amusement park. After measuring my gut, I went for the Flying Carpet. When I saw people from the ground who was riding Flying Carpet, I had a thought in my mind that this ride was not as scary as it might seem. However, it was different when I was riding on it. I was afraid, blank, paralyzed and almost vomiting. I had anxiety attack if the safety belt had not worked and I would have fallen down from above. Moreover, what if I had fallen down and I would have had some bones broken and I didn’t die. I might have been over-thinking all the time about the way I might die and maybe that was why I didn’t enjoy the ride.
I sat down near the ride and had a self talk. Ah, what happened with me? Why was I so afraid of this ride? I remembered few months ago I went to a big amusement park for the first time and tried to ride a Double Shot. I asked a little boy next to me “which part of the handles should I hold?” and the boy said “you don’t need to hold anything. Free your hands and feel the sensation of gravity fall”. I was screaming all the time on the ride. After it finished, that little boy told me “fear only exists in your mind. Don’t worry. Don’t be afraid. This is just a ride. I bet that your life is scarier than the ride”. I was stunned when he said that. He was just a little boy and I was a 24 year old. How could he have that kind of perspective?
After contemplating and remembered on the wise words of the little boy, I decided to go for more thrill rides. I went for a Tornado. This ride was scarier than the Flying Carpet. At first, I decided to close my eyes. I was afraid. But then, I remembered on what he said. “This is just a ride”. Those words gave my mind a new perspective. Therefore, I opened my eyes. I was swung up and down. I enjoyed the blue sky. I enjoyed the feeling when I was swung left and right and almost crashed some trees. It felt so good. After I could control my fear, I went for the Sky Coaster. I was smiling during the ride with my eyes wide opened. I took a deep breath and stared up at the sky. I asked myself when I was above “Are you enjoying the ride?” and I answered, “Yes I am. I feel like I’m sitting on rope swings. I’m hurtling into space at 70,000 mph through a Universe that has no beginning or end.”