“A Dragon Overcome: Surmounting a Difficult Experience”
“Crashing into the Waves”
For as long as I can remember, I have had a fear of crashes at high speeds, but my best friend Shonda was the complete opposite and never feared a thing. She would jump off the Eiffel Tower if she had the chance. On the day that I would finally conquer my fear, I was in the back seat of Shonda’s uncle’s Ford Explorer with the whole seat to myself. We were on our way to the lake near their cabin where our plan was to go tubing in the water. The only way we would end our turn on the tube was by flipping over and crashing into the water. The road began to get rocky and the smell of wet wood was in the air. We finally reached the loading point for cars with boats. It was not until I was sitting in the boat with my life vest on, had I realized how scared I really was. The swaying of the boat & the smell of the fishy water made me want to run back to the car and sit this one out. I was shaking slightly, my palms were soaked with sweat and suddenly I felt as if maybe I was going to get sick. However it was too late, I was already in the boat awaiting the journey ahead. I sat in the very back of the boat facing the front. When I saw Shonda’s uncle put the key in the ignition I almost instinctively grabbed the closest thing to my hand. To my surprise I had grabbed Shonda’s arm and I had a feeling that I had given away the fact that I was not confident on this event. Caught up in my embarrassment, the sudden acceleration surprised me so much I almost fell off right away. I tried to smile and act like I had done this before, but I had a feeling that they weren’t going to buy my story. It took a few seconds, but I got use to the speed and even began to find a peace in the wind and the sound it made as it rushed by my ears. I sat in a very upright position with my hands folded and my back straight up. I looked over at Shonda and saw her in a reclining position, one hand holding a...
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