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I focused my attention on the cute and fearless little girl in front of me. I motivated myself by repeating the mantra, “if she can do it, I can do it”.
As we reached the top of the slide, I watched in amazement as she sprang from the last step to a lying down, torpedo style position in one fell swoop. As soon as the little girl shot out of sight it was my turn.
The time had come – it was now or never. Copying the little girl before me. I laid down on the slide feet first torpedo style and as I did I heard the words… Don’t fight it, just let yourself go.
As I whooshed down the slide I reminded myself I was OK, to keep breathing and to relax. As I let my body go it seemed to understand what was expected of it. It conformed to the twists and turns of the slide. It only seemed to tighten in response to my fearful thoughts.
Then I did it!
Soon, I could see the end of the ride was near. I flew off the end of the slide into the waiting water, I knew I conquered my fear!
WOW! I did it! I went down a water slide. It was a blast! My husband told me later, as I was coming down, he could hear me screaming and laughing.
All I could remember was feeling gripped by fear, exhilaration and pure joy as my body whirled down the watery, slippery path.
Now, I felt ready for more. Once wasn’t enough. The second time up the stairs was much easier. I took my position at the top of the slide with much more confidence.
The ride down the second time was even more fun because now I knew the curves and the bumps. I navigated the challenge with a bit more grace. I felt proud of myself for taking action and for doing something I thought I would never do.
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