Thursday, October 25, 2012

#1: Ride Goliath by myself

Normally I am not afraid of going on roller coasters at amusement parks. I got over that fear in about 6th or 7th grade. Although I am not scared of actually going on rides, I was afraid of simply going on one roller coaster which is "Goliath" at Six Flags by myself. I can still remember the first time I ever went on that ride. It was on my twelfth birthday when I went with my older sister, older cousin, and one of my sister's friends. I was such a chicken because I did not want to go on but my sister's friend convinced me. Therefore, I went on the ride with him since he was the one who dragged me into it. I was so afraid the entire time that I was holding onto his hard so tight. I felt that my grip was going to stop the circulation of blood in his arm. Although I was nervous he was the complete opposite which I feel really helped soothe me. Since that day I have always told myself that I wanted to go on that ride by myself.

On October 12, 2012 I went to Six Flags with one of my friends Leslie. I had told her about how I had always wanted to go on Goliath on my own and about how it was the #1 thing on my Bucket List. She encouraged me to finally accomplish something that had been in my mind for over two and a half years. If it weren't for her encouragement I don't think that I would have ever built the courage to go on by myself. As the coaster was going up, up, and up all I could think about was the fact that no one was next to me to comfort me. As we approached the 250 foot drop my heart was racing and as we went down I was thinking about so many things. I was wondering if I would survive, although that sounds funny that was literally what I was thinking. Another thing running through my mind was how accomplished I felt and how proud I was. Once the ride was over I thought to myself "Wow you accomplished something you have always wanted to do. Good job!"

A Walk to Remember

The first piece of literature I decided to read is the book A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. The main characters of this book include a young "do-good" teenager named Jaime and the "bad boy" Landon. In the beginning of the book Landon is not worried about anything but graduating high school, hanging out with his friends, and getting into college. Jaime is the complete opposite; she is a sweet, generous, loving person with a kind soul who is also very religious. Landon and Jaime never really talked even though they basically grew up with each other until Landon realizes he has no date to the dance so he asks her. As the book continues, Landon and Jaime begin to develop a friendship. Although Landon's friends never really liked Jaime and only made fun of her he looked past it all. Without realizing it, Landon begins to fall in love with her. As Jaime goes along, she feels it was God's plan for them to be close friends. After a while they start dating and end up very happy. Everything seemed to be going well until Jaime finally admits to Landon that she is slowly dying of cancer. He was mortified and could not believe that "his" Jaime was leaving him. One day Landon realizes what God is telling him to do which is to marry her. A while passes after their marriage and Jamie eventually dies. Landon Carter, was in love with one and only one person for the rest of his life. 

I enjoyed reading this book very much because it was different from many of the books I have read. I find it amazing that Nicholas Sparks was able to show people the true essence of love through a book. People may say that this kind of love is not present in our generation today but I feel otherwise. I honestly think that it is still around but it is very difficult to find. The idea of two very opposite people loving each other unconditionally is so beautiful to me. Sparks did a remarkable job in creating such a great piece of literature that I'm sure everyone who has read it has enjoyed. Emotionally speaking, this book had me cry so much at the very end when Jamie was dying. It is just terrible that such a great and powerful love was destroyed due to her death. I also find it amazing that such a person like Landon was able to find love in a girl like Jaime. Overall, I feel that this book is one of the best I have read and it demonstrates to people that true love still exists which is admirable.