Personal Narrative Essay: The Ride Of A Lifetime

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The Ride of a Lifetime We have all had nightmares. They could be simple things such as seeing a clown or getting swarmed by spiders, but there are the ones that truly scare you, like drowning to death. For me, my childhood nightmare of drowning to death showed up at my front door last summer. It was terrifying, but through my experiences I learned that pain is temporary, memories are forever, and that you need to understand and respect Mother Nature to the fullest before you do anything involving nature. Growing up in Virginia, I learned at a young age to not fear the ocean or water. I lived my entire life on the coast of the Chesapeake Bay so I practically lived in the water on a day to day basis. By the age of eight, I was able to drive …show more content…
It gave me a new hobby and skill, it was also an amazing way to relieve stress or just have fun. Like all things, however you have to master a skill before you are good at it. I learned slowly like most. Paddling with my hands and feet just coasting through the river in hopes that a boat may make a wave or two for me to practice on. At the beach is was a much different story. Day after day, my brother and I would hit the beach at sunrise and not come in until it was pitch black outside. At first I hated it, I was not patient and I could not hone my skills enough to stand up on the board. After practicing for what felt like months I finally caught my first wave and rode it all the way into the shore line. Now I know this seems like just another superhero training montage from the movies, but I trained like this to get to where I am today. Now whenever I’m bored I can just grab my surfboard and head on down to my favorite surfing spot in North …show more content…
The current had gotten stronger and it started to get more and more dangerous as the storm got closer to shore. After fighting the waves to get out past the break I needed to take a moment to catch my breath. The moment I could stop I turned around and saw it coming. The biggest wave I had ever seen. There was no option to skip this wave as it was barreling towards me at the speed of light. I turned around to face the beach and hoped for the best. As I felt the wave pull me in I could already hear my friends cheering me on. Right before I stood up on my board I could feel that something wasn’t right, I was being sucked under the wave. There was no escaping so I just hoped for the best. I got thrown around like a rag doll and hit my head on my board knocking me unconscious. I woke up in what seemed like hell itself. It was dark as the night sky. Salt water made its way down my throat burning like lava with every attempted breath. I thought I was going to die in that cold dark place. Suddenly a friend reached down and grabbed me. He threw me onto his surfboard and paddled me back into shore. I hardly knew what was going on. I tried to sit up, but couldn’t on my own, so I reached my arm out for my friend to help me and that’s when it happened. I heard a loud pop and sure enough my right arm was broken. Not only was my nose busted and I was covered in blood from head to toe but now my arm

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