Really quickly, I want to address this video. There’s a duality here. Let me explain.
Watching this video my heart (and my sweaty palms) immediately went out to the little boy. He’s afraid and I’m afraid. He’s (as far as we know) never been on this ride and maybe not even a roller coaster, but the important thing this kid doesn’t realize is HE’S TRYING SOMETHING NEW.
We are all afraid in some ways when we do that new thing. We want to make sure we sit correctly, say the right things, and are prepared for what happens. No one wants to die; they don’t want their careers to die, they don’t want their ideas to die; they don’t want to make a decision that would facilitate pain.
Yet, we have all been “Janice” as well. We’ve ridden the big, scary ride and BAM! we know there is very little chance that something so horrible is going to happen. Enjoying the ride is easier for us because we know what to expect. Did you see she told him when it was going to spring? When you know where the bumps along the bumpy ride are coming, BAM! you’ve got it made.
The hard part for all of us (or maybe just me) is realizing that if we just ride it once (face that fear) it will get easier. We may not like it any better, but our fears will surely subside little by little with each time we face the thing we fear.
And what if the fear doesn’t subside, you ask? Well, guess what? We don’t do it again. We find out it wasn’t for us and move to the next thing. Either find a better challenge or a way to modify the one in front of us. That’s what I take from this.
I bet ten years from now this kid will be back on roller coasters with some other kid who is about his age in the video. He may laugh manically at the kid or maybe he’ll temper it in remembrance of Janice (who was sweet to try to hold his hand, but what could she really do?).
We’ve all had fear. It’s funny until it’s you. Get you some because I think that’s just life.