New Year, New Comfort Zone

Have you ever been on a roller coaster before? It’s like hurling yourself rapidly around twists and bends, screaming at the top of your lungs, and laughing from excitement at the same time. I’ve never been a huge roller coaster fan, unlike my sister and brother who jump at the opportunity to go upside down and backwards at 73 miles per hour. I also like some of them, like splash mountain, thunder mountain, or space mountain at Disney.

On New Year’s Day our parents decided to take us to Sea World. I had never been before, and I honestly thought that it was an aquarium. Boy was I wrong! There’s so many different shows, animals, and rides. It’s an absolutely gorgeous place and our family had a blast so I definitely recommend going.

When we arrived, there was a big ride very close to the entrance. Of course my sister and brother wanted to go. I watched them zoom around on these little manta ray looking carts as I was thinking, “There’s no way I’m doing that!” I was wrong again.

They came back laughing and smiling. They told me that the ride wasn’t even scary and that I would enjoy it. I was very skeptical but then I remembered something that I had learned at camp. At the rock climbing wall the counselors told us about the three zones: comfort, growing, and panic. If I stayed in my comfort zone, I would never grow and same with the panic zone. This roller coaster wasn’t super fast and from what my siblings said, I would enjoy it.

I took a deep breath and agreed to go with them the second time. We loaded into the manta ray carts, which had us laying on our stomachs. The ride started and we went zooming down a hill. I shut my eyes, frightened, but I began to grow more comfortable and ended up laughing at the end. The ride turned out to be pretty fun and I really enjoyed it, though I won’t admit it to my sister who took a little bit to convince me.

The moral of this story is, think about your zones. This new year, try to step out a bit of your comfort zone and you might be surprised!

Remember: Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Deeply

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