Facing My Fears

One of the biggest problems I have is facing my fears.  I don’t think I’m alone when I say that, either.  It seems that often times people would rather avoid doing something, sating something, or being something, because they have a fear.  Fear of rejection, fear of failure, and in my case, fear of death via a large mechanical device flying off a track.  The idea of a roller coaster failing with me on it is TERRIFYING!

This past week, my room mates Matt and Patrick, as well as our friend Ian, decided that I needed to conquer this fear.  Let me rephrase this.  Matt and Patrick, coaster enthusiasts, decide to break Ian and I, flat footed soil bound folk, into the wonderful world of coaster at Cedar Point in Ohio.

More after the jump.

For the past two weeks, the only thing Matt and Pat have talked about is how much fun the trip would be, how much fun I would have, and how I could die at any second!  Actually, they were awesome about the entire experience.  “If you can do the Millennium Force, you can do anything.”  So that was the first coaster I ended up on.  After I stopped screaming in terror from the first hill, the rest of the ride wasn’t so bad!  I managed to do all but 3 of the coasters in the park.  Two were down, and one we just didn’t get to.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather!  The forecast was for overcast skies, but we had more than ample sunshine and fair temperatures both days.

I really have to thank Matt and Patrick.  With out their gentle guidance (read: constant ribbing), I probably never would have faced the fear, and I wouldn’t know what I was missing out on.  The power a positive friend can have on your mind set when you walk into an uncertain situation is enormous.  And now that huge fear that I never thought I would overcome is now a love for a beast I have learned to tame.

I promised Kate over at FadedWords that I would post a photo.  This is a picture of myself and Patrick (to my right) on the Top Thrill Dragster.  This particular coaster shoots you from 0 to 120mph in under 2 seconds, up a 400 foot 90 degree slope, over the top, and back down.  Total ride length:  17 seconds!

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2 comments to Facing My Fears

  • Kate  says:

    Best photo. EVER.

  • Vacation This Week | Andrew-Schultz.com  says:

    […] took our first trip back in May, and this is when I learned to face my fears regarding roller coasters.  The trip went exceptionally well.  I’m proud to say that I rode every single coaster in […]

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