Behold the day that I defeated my fear of roller coasters. About a year ago, I went to Busch Gardens. I went with Kadima and arranged to hang out with two other kids, John and Gary. At that time, I was scared of roller coasters and didn’t know what to do.
We got to Busch Gardens after a 3 hour drive from Jacksonville, and it was a nice day. It was clear and sunny, however a little too humid. There were a lot of people at the park. We dropped off our items and headed to the roller coasters. I didn’t mention to John and Gary that I was scared of roller coasters; I was ashamed of it.
We strolled over to the first ride, Montu. I revealed that I was scared of roller coasters. My friends were very upset. They tried to convince me to go on, but I refused. Eventually, John went on while Gary stayed with me. He got back, saying it was fun.
For the next hour and a half, we wandered around the park, not doing anything except for going on a water ride, which was fun. The whole time, they were convincing me to go on a roller coaster.
“There’s nothing to be worried about!” said John.
Gary said, “C’mon, Jake. It’ll be really fun!”
Finally, I succumbed.
They picked out a ride called Kumba, a medium-sized roller coaster at Busch Gardens. It was a 20-minute wait. I was very nervous and worried. What happens if I fall out? What happens if I vomit? All these thoughts and more were racing through my head. My friends kept telling me it’s fine, there’s nothing to worry about. Soon enough, our turn came.
We got into the car. I didn’t know what to do or think. I strapped myself in very tightly for fear that I would fall out. We rode in the front, because John and Gary said it would be easier that way. I still remember the ride going up and looking at the blue, partially cloudy sky before the car dropped.
I started screaming, but then I stopped. This isn’t so bad, I thought. I started to really enjoy it. This is really fun! I was laughing, smiling, and not scared a bit. Sadly, the ride ended. “You were right!”
After the ride, we got some ice cream, and I wasted some money on a claw game. We then went to Montu, the ride which only John went on first. It was one of those rides where you’re strapped in and your feet hang down. I was scared my feet were going to hit something! There was time for one more ride, so we went on the Cheetah Chase, where you reach 3G at one point and your heart stops for the smallest second.
Before I realized it, we had to go. This was an important day in my life, when I conquered roller coasters.
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