The Fear

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I was afraid of roller coasters.  I enjoy some of them, but the ones that have loops are a big no for me.  Dad and brothers love roller coasters; they are HUGE fans of them. Whenever we go to Orlando they ride all those crazy attractions that are way too scary for me and my mom, so we both wait at the shop or somewhere else.

Last year I went to Israel with my school. It is kind of a birthright trip, but organized by my school. Anyways, we went to Eilat (a city in the south) for a night, and there was this big scary attraction called Yaniv Fire Ball. All my friends wanted to ride it; after all, it is part of the Eilat tradition.

As soon as I saw the Yaniv Fire Ball I panicked.  It wasn’t a roller coaster with a loop, it was way worse.  Everybody from my school was talking about it, how awesome it is. I was walking towards it, and the screams were unbelievable. I got even more anxious.

When I was there, near the line to buy a ticket, I almost cried. It is part of the Eilat Tradition; it is part of my trip. My best friend Judy said she would do it, so I should too. I bought my ticket, and my heart was racing so fast it almost got out of my body.


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I sat down in the ball; the guy hooked the belt, and hit a button. Screaming, I was screaming out of fear. And then, suddenly, I was laughing. I felt free, protected. I could see all the little light of the city, and enjoy tons of great feelings. Fear and dizziness were replaced by fun and excitement. Adrenaline. I felt that I was on the top of the world. Now I am proud to say that I am not that scared of roller coasters, and in fact,  I enjoy them.You have to try it, that thing that is scaring you.  Change fear for excitement. You can conquer anything you want in life if you give it a try. Go on, go to the top of the Eifel Tower or hike a mountain, try that spicy tuna roll or that DYI. Try anything new that had been scary for you.  You might like it.

“Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”

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