We love Hersheypark and try to get there every year. We usually avoid the area of the park that has extreme rides because my kids are young, but after riding the Scrambler for the 100th time, I decided it’s time to mix it up a bit.
There it was, the SooperDooperLooper. “That’s the one!” I said to my then 7-year-old. He wasn’t sure at first since he’d never gone on anything like that before, but when he saw a few kids hop in line he was all for it.
I used to love thrill rides when I was a kid. I hadn’t been on a roller coaster in over 20 years. I’m not sure what made me think I’d enjoy any part of it as an adult. Maybe it was all of the Hershey’s chocolate I’d been eating or maybe I just wanted to live on the edge in that moment. Whatever it was, I was on some kind of Hershey Park high. He fit the height requirements. No turning back now!
Still feeling confident, adventurous, and like the most awesome mom in the world, we boarded the coaster. To my surprise, a fear that I hadn’t experienced in years began to kick in. I wasn’t used to this feeling. I’m a mom who never takes risks, but here I was. I turned to look at my son’s frozen face. He was terrified.
Then the usual mom thoughts started flooding over:
What are the odds of falling out of this thing? How often do they inspect these rides? What if our harness flies open? Why didn’t I think of all of this sooner? This sucks!
Jerking back and forth, loops upside down, whiplash, all of it. I’m too old for this! It’s funny how a two-minute ride can feel like an eternity. I was so happy when it was all over and that we actually survived.
He was scared but I think he felt good about it in the end. He had done something completely out of his comfort zone, and I did too. I couldn’t help but think about how things change though. When you’re young, you’re care-free. You don’t think about the what ifs and what can go wrong. You just do it and you have fun. When you become older, especially a parent, that all changes but it’s good to get out of our comfort zone once in a while. There’s a whole world outside of ourselves.
It’s about making memories and my son and I had made our very own that will last forever. I love that he was so brave and I know it won’t be his last ride. I only hope he’ll ask my husband to ride with him next time 🙂
Have you done anything out of your comfort zone lately?