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My Fall of 2013 Dan Stevens, a famed british actor, once said, “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” Stevens is best known for his role as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, and the beast in Beauty and the Beast. This quote has all the elements to explain how I, Heady, conquered my fear of heights three years ago by taking the risk of going out of my comfort zone.
“We’re bored,” my cousin Bhav and I exclaimed to my parents in unison. One summer day of 2013 me, my mom, dad, and cousin were walking down a lush path at SeaWorld in California. We finished most of the attractions in the amusement park and were contemplating of what
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However, I think Bhav should go if he wants,” I said.
Bhav contradicted saying, “Come on Heady, it’ll be fun, it’s not that high. I’ve been on roller coasters that go higher. It was really fun and safe. I think you should go. After all, everyone who has done the ride so far has survived.” I was almost convinced by the wise words of my cousin, but I still wanted to ponder more.
“How about Bhav and I go in line so I can see how steep the slope is at the top,” I suggested. We got in line for the ride in a dimly lit, cold, and rocky cave under the mountain. As Bhav and I reached the end of the line we saw stairs that led to the top of the mountain. Finally, we could see sunlight which signaled that we arrived at the top. Now I could see the shiny, thick metal tracks, as I peered behind the cave wall. The tracks sloped up gradually but not at at steep angle. I concluded that it may not be that bad to go on Atlantis, but then I realized that there was a big drop in the end that sends the coaster plummeting into the shallow water. As the coasters fell under me I was shocked to see that they were still on the tracks. Then I thought about what Bhav said, “After all everyone who has done the ride so far has survived.” So, I made my second conclusion just as Bhav and I were two people away from getting in a blue, wooden coaster with black leather
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Keep the safety bar in fastened in position,” the ride operator demanded. After he finished the safety precautions, the coaster started to move. I could hear my heart rate quickening as we elevated up the slope. At the top of the slope the coaster quickly accelerated to full speed into a cave going up and down, side to side, and curving. Instead of being terrified, I was having fun. Then came first drop, it was not as big as what was yet to come, but just as terrifying. My heart stopped for a second before I realized it was just a few. As the ride progressed the drops were getting larger. As we headed outside, Bhav and I could see sunlight, but we could not see any tracks leading to the outside, this gave the illusion that the ride just stopped. Then my heart started to beat harder and faster because I had just realized that that was the big fall. I had started to regret going on the ride. The coaster lept off the tracks and fell straight down until I heard a loud bang which signaled us that we were on the ground.
“That wasn’t so bad, was it?” asked Bhav.
“It wasn’t, it was really fun,” I answered as we both got out of the coaster. After that day, I could go home proudly knowing that I had conquered my fear of heights. Dan Stevens words deeply connect to me and relate to this situation. Since I got out of my comfort zone, I was able to conquer my fear of heights with help from my family.

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