Go on a water slide or water coaster. That is the topic I will tackle today because it was something I have always wanted to do. I hate roller coasters because when I was little, I nearly flew out of them one too many times. I don’t know when it happened, but at some point in my life, I began to tell myself that water coasters, or water slides, were not as bad as normal roller coasters. The truth of the matter is there really isn’t a difference. If there is one thing I have learned from it is that they can still be really fun.
I started off going on the biggest water slide they had. I told myself that if I started big I would not be able to convince myself later not to do it. This, I told myself, would optimize my water slide experience. Honestly, I do not know if it did optimize the experience, but it did guarantee that I attempted every water slide/coaster they had available.
One of the first things I should mention are the stairs. As someone who suffers from back problems, chronic pain, and arthritis, I was really scared I would not be able to tackle the stairs because there were at least five flights. I have been doing yoga and walking every day so I surprised myself by getting nearly to the top before it began to weigh on me. (The top was more like the middle) There were times that I honestly thought I would not be able to climb any further or even get myself down, but then I would turn around and find my sister struggling alongside me. Knowing that my sister has nothing wrong with her joints or spine that would get in the way of her climbing these stairs, her struggle encouraged me to keep going. I know that may sound really bad, but it made me realize that I was not as broken as I could be.
I felt so strong and empowered after the trip was over. It was more than I thought I would ever try and I’m so thankful I did it. The first ride I attempted I feared the entire time I would fall and hurt myself, but when that did not happen I felt a little reassured. Though I hated how it made me feel, I still climbed those stairs again to tackle the second biggest one available.
Due to the trials, I have experienced in my life and my ever-worsening back, I am always fearful that at any moment I’m going to do something that will hurt my body more. I find that this fear holds me back from living life. My mind is so creative and imagines the most bazar outcomes that could happen which would hurt me further. A few years ago when I first started this list to happy, I had things on my list that I was forced to cross off due to my back. Since then, I have feared to participate in some activities. I am thankful that I did not cross this adventure off my list.
After my first water slide, I felt empowered. I had done something that scared me and survived. I felt pride because I had decided to attempt the biggest one even though I knew it was going to feel like a roller coaster. I felt strong because I climbed all of those stairs, and then, did it again. I felt like for once I was not broken.
Life is not over just because each day is a struggle. We may be given a set amount of energy for the day and have to question which activities deserve to be done, but the beauty of life is that we still get that choice. I remember a time I took the ability to do whatever I wanted for granted. I know now, that life is fleeting and at any moment I will lose the option to do the few things I can a day. My pain has offered me a choice to live a life of joy or sit and let my pain live for me. I have decided to live happily. My pain will not go anywhere, but it won’t rule my actions.
So, I guess what I’m saying is go on a water slide because it will give you a new perspective on life. As you go through that tunnel surrounded by water, you will realize that there is always a choice. There was a choice to climb those stairs. A choice to take that leap. A choice to live.
P.S. The second water slide I went on was with my sister. When we got to the bottom the raft came out from under us. The next thing I knew, I was in the water sitting on my sister’s head. Every action my younger self would have done went through my mind. I had the power to do whatever I wanted because I was sitting on her head! Of course, all of these thoughts happened in a matter of seconds and by then my adult logic was already rushing to move and pull her to the surface for air. Oh, but the things I could have done.
P.P.S. The picture is obviously not from my trip because the place I went was completely indoors. I just needed a picture and completely forgot to take any. In my defense, I logically kept my phone away from the giant room of water.
P.P.P.S Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Happy Kitty Mother’s Day. Happy Puppy Mother’s Day. Happy Dad/Mother’s Day. Happy every mother day.
P.P.P.P.S. I really want to say something random and funny here, but again I can’t think of anything. So, insert some funny joke in here for me.
P.P.P.P.P.S. Oh! I have a joke that I got from watching my daughter’s PBS shows.
Joke: What did the Pacific Ocean say to the Atlantic Ocean?
Punch Line: Nothing, they could only wave.
Hahahaha! Oh, I love stupid punny jokes…