A while back I took an unplanned hiatus from my bucket list posts (well, all posts really). I still enjoyed writing them and wanted to continue, but I just felt like I was rushing them to keep to a schedule and ended up posting sub-standard blogs that looking back, I am not happy with. So I took a break to re-evaluate how I am writing them, and I finally feel like I am on track to re-start. So, here we go…
Number 68: Get over my fear of Rollercoasters…
I have chosen this as my post for today because, recently, I feel like this is something that I am beginning to conquer. All my life, I have been terrified of rollercoasters. Until this summer, I had only been on one rollercoaster with a loop (the Indiana Jones Ride in Disneyland Paris). The whole time I was queuing for this, I was shaking and on the verge of tears. This was a regular state for me around rollercoasters and I have often bailed out last minute.
This began to change at the beginning of the summer. I went to Blackpool Pleasure Beach with a couple of my friends and, although I didn’t attempt the big one, I did go on the wooden rollercoasters and really enjoyed a ride called Avalanche. This may not seem like much to some but for me this was a big step and I was proud of myself for it.
Taking this a step further, I went to Alton Towers on a whim with 2-for-1 tickets (thank you Kellogg’s Cereal…) on the Saturday of the previous bank holiday. This was my first time there and, after a quick go on the Runaway Train, I was dragged – somewhat unwillingly – towards Air, where we were pretty much able to walk straight on. Joy. I was scared, but not anywhere near as terrified as I usually am, probably due to the lack of fear build-up in the queue, and with constant reassurance from my companion, I got on.
Turns out, I absolutely loved it. I didn’t see that one coming.
We ended up going on Air 4 times by the end of the day and I even plucked up the courage to go on Rita… twice… among other rides and I had a fantastic time which neither of us really expected. So in the end, I feel like – despite my screaming on the rides – I am starting to overcome my fear and actually enjoy the rollercoasters, much to my companion’s delight. I think a large part of me being able to do this is down to the lack of queues, bar the Sonic Spinball ride, the longest wait we had was about 20 minutes, so I wasn’t able to work myself up the way I normally do.
I still feel like I have a little way to go and I want to try rollercoasters at other theme parks, but still, this is a step (or giant leap for me) in the right direction. So I guess all that is left to say is… Thorpe Parke here we come! (In April…).
I would love to know if any of you have any fears that you have fought and overcome, please let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for Reading,
The Mechanic x