On Monday I went to Disneyland with my mom and we had the most amazing day–for me Disneyland is truly the happiest place on earth so naturally it was a very happy day. Although the park was a little more crowded than one would like, we still hit up most of the rides and it was especially fun when my mom got to see World of Color for the first time (I’m obsessed with that show!) The day was perfect, until…
We decided to go on California Screamin one last time. The ride is twice as fun at night time when the whole park is lit up so we didn’t want to miss the chance. The wait was short, we started off just fine, and then, as we were going up one of the inclines, the car jolted to a stop. I’m not sure how fast we were going but we definitely weren’t cranking up the hill, we were speeding up it and before we knew it, we were slammed to a stop.
It started to get pretty cold as we waited 5, 10, 15 minutes. My mom started getting nervous and that made me nervous. We started thinking aloud, “What if the car behind us doesn’t stop and slams in to us?” (Mind you, we were in the very back row). Not to mention, my mom had made her shoulder bar just a little too tight–you know when you can cinch it a notch more than you should? We definitely just wanted to get out.
Thankfully though the rescue team got us out after 20 minutes of waiting. Can’t say I’ve had that experience climbing down all those side steps at the highest part of a roller coaster. At least it wasn’t Goliath at Magic Mountain. Oh well, all’s well that ends well. And in those minutes while we were waiting, although I trust Disney and knew that we would be safe, it made me really think about how grateful I am for my life. It’s in those moments when you literally get a jolt that you realize what you treasure in your life and what you’re still hoping for.
I hope you don’t have the experience of getting stuck on a roller coaster but whether you have the experience or not, when life gives you temporary stop signs, take those moments to sit still and evaluate it. Don’t let those minutes pass you by–check in with yourself so that when you get the chance to start up again, you know exactly what you want to do.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook