It’s Summertime! It’s time to grab your bikini(or trunks) you bought the year before. The sun is beaming and the beach is calling your name. I haven’t made it to the beach yet, but June 23rd I joined the fun at Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin’ Theme Park. I was so excited when my aunt mentioned going a few weeks ago. I hadn’t been years, so I have vague memories of past experiences.
We loaded up the car, and we were on our way! Of course, we had a few unplanned stops but hey who cares it’s summertime. After completing my daily readings, I told my aunt I recently started listening to Blues more. She found that hysterical. She happened to have a Blues CD in her disc player that she turned up. It was hilarious to hear all of us singing along! I tend to sing over every song, but they all know how I do by now.
So we are here. Let’s go! It’s time to get on the rides. My natural instincts drew me to the small attractions like the Lazy River and the Wave Pool. As we caught the waves, we felt comfortable. We were in the pool for about 15 minutes, and we knew we had to get more excitement and quickly.
After about a 20 minute meeting, my friend, Danielle, and I persuaded my twin sister to ride the Voodoo, The World’s Largest Dark Behemothbowl Slide. Of course, we did not tell her that part. As we waited in line slowing moving one step at a time, fear became the topic of discussion. We talked about how fear can stifle what you do, how you do it, and limit your perspective. Danielle, one of the bravest souls I know, said confidently “Fear is 100% mental.” I couldn’t agree with her more. We were so high in the air, yet our spirits were so calm. Why? Because we did not allow fear of heights, fear of the potential unsteadiness of the steps, or fear of the ride stop us from enjoying ourselves. The same principles can be applied to everyday life. We fear what others may think about us, what they may know about us, their opinions, and the list goes on. If you really think about it, none of it means anything IF you know who you are.
So we are in our tube and coming down like The Price is Right!!!! We taught the Voodoo ride a thing or two. Here it is:
We challenged ourselves to scare ourselves. We wanted to push the envelope. We wanted to taste fear, so we could conquer it. Check out the other rides we took for a spin:
The Mad Moccassin. This baby was fierce at the end!
The Azuka, the World’s Largest Tornado Slide. Yikes! It was scary, but it’s not like you can turn around on your way down. ANDDDD last but not least, Lafitte’s Plunge.
A sister almost drowned on this, but Hey! Danielle pumped by head up and said the only way the day would be a success is if I got on this. Of course, I fell into peer pressure. I am so glad I did ,because I have no fear of dropping 90′ feet from the air again!
So our day was made!!! We laughed, we talked about our careers and aspirations, we demolished greasy hamburgers and french fries, and drank the best lemonade we had ever had. The main memory we have and will always remember is: NEVER LET FEAR LIMIT YOUR THINKING AND MORE IMPORTANTLY YOUR ACTIONS! Live and Conquer!
**View Fear is 100% Mental Part 2 to see the Azuka and Lafitte’s Plunge videos.