When I was younger I had no fear of anything. I could hop on a plane with excitement and not the dread it now instills in my body. I could go on rides at the fair and the faster the better. Not so much these days. I am not sure if it is something that happens as we get older or maybe because I have children I fear that something may happen to me or them? This past weekend we ventured out to Six Flags with the whole family. I usually don’t like to go on the sky cars as they are too high and well think about it there is only one little cable holding us up there… in the air… yikes! Well, I didn’t have much time to think about it as there was no line and my brother-in-law and his wife ran ahead with the kids. I was running to catch up with my husband when all of a sudden I found myself sitting in the sky car… and then it moved… with a little jolt we were up in the air. My knees quivered in between quick verses of the Our Father and numerous Hail Mary’s. “Are we there yet?”
As we reached half way across I could see the finish line in the distance. My heart rate started to slow a little and I unclenched my husband’s hands. All of a sudden I became a little braver and found myself looking out at the ants (oops those were people) below. I even managed to take out my phone and snap a few shots as we started our descent to safety. I nodded at the people in the sky car going up in the other direction as if I were a sky car pro. I’m not sure but there may have been a self-assured wink that accompanied that nod. So in the end I did it and all because I didn’t have time to think about it. Maybe that is what the problem is… thinking too much! Sometimes we just have to face our fears and afterwards I realized it really wasn’t a big deal. So when my kids asked me to go on a rollercoaster I smiled and said, “Maybe next time.” Facing one fear a day is enough for this girl 🙂
Thinking gets us all in so much trouble! Congrats on shutting the brain down long enough to be brave!
Thanks Kate! I’m a sky car pro now lol 🙂
That one cable is thousands of individual filaments of metal. That is perhaps, worth thinking about! Many tiny wires wound together are much more powerful than a single, thick metal strand. Doesn’t take away from the heart-pounding experience, however!
I’m sure you’re right Michael. My husband is always providing logical explanations too and that does make me feel a little safer. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Thanks anonymous whoever you are 🙂
I have been thinking that too, that I over think things. Just do it is my new motto!
Good motto to have Aoife 🙂
I’m definitely more fearful as I’ve got older. I think it’s a problem of thinking about how much can go wrong instead of trusting! Blessings.
Yes, I agree! We have to trust and then believe that we are stronger than we think we are. Thank you for the blessings. Much appreciated 🙂