rm_bucfannn 61M/60F
1805 posts
5/24/2006 5:04 am

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Yesterday, my niece called me from Busch Gardens. She was scared to go on a ride. SheiKra. Yep, a rollercoaster. Not just any rollercoaster.

SheiKra carries riders up 200 feet at 45 degrees, then hurtles them 70 mph back toward the ground at a 90-degree angle. It is the first coaster of its kind in the Americas and only the third in the world.

SheiKra is the first dive coaster to incorporate an Immelmann loop, a water feature, and a second 90-degree 138-foot drop through an underground tunnel. SheiKra also includes a 360-degree climbing carousel. 3,188 feet of steel track offers a total ride time of just over three minutes. You must be 54 inches tall to ride SheiKra and other safety restrictions may apply.

OK. So this isn't your run of the mill coaster. I've seen it. I've stood beside it. I've chickened out, too. But, then again, I don't do coasters. I'm afraid of them. Always have been, always will be. My niece is the same way. She got as far as actually sitting in the seat, but then immediately got up and said:


She tried. She really did. I give her credit. But, in the end, chickened out, just like her Auntie. She also tried to ride the other coasters, too. Just couldn't bring herself to go on any of them.

In the end, her fears won. I know the feeling, well...

Do you have fears? Have you tried to conquer them?

rm_gerson42 52M
2419 posts
5/24/2006 7:35 am

I have fears everyday. Fear is one of four basic get down to it emotions that can steer and drive the direction of how one leads their life. Some fears should be listed to and headed and others conquered. There lies the dilemma.

rm_bucfannn replies on 5/24/2006 8:30 am:
I've conquered a few, but, I cannot do coasters. I want to. But, I just can't bring myself to face that particular fear...

AltumHunksUnite 53M

5/24/2006 8:16 am

Fear of heights.

Funny thing, though, the way I face that fear is riding coasters like Shei-Kra. I LOVE THAT RIDE!

I'll ride any rollercoaster or theme park thrill-ride on the planet.

Let me drive. I like the view

rm_bucfannn replies on 5/24/2006 8:29 am:
I can't do that ride. I just can't. I'm really a chicken.

HeardLankaMalls 55M
2925 posts
5/24/2006 8:40 am

Your niece deserves alot of credit just for going through the whole line and getting to the point of getting into a chair. Any fear is tough to overcome; and most are always there in the back of the mind.

I know I don't like snakes, and avoid them at all opportunities.

I also am not happy with heights. I used to hate crossing bridges when I was younger (the large ones like the G.Washington) and remember closing my eyes until we were across. I've gotten better, and can climb a ladder, go on the ferris wheel, ride a roller coaster, or climb my brother's 100' high fire tower. But if it's possible, I'd prefer using an elevator to go up or down with

rm_bucfannn replies on 5/24/2006 8:53 am:
I'm not afraid of a lot of things, but, I think it's the combination of speed and not being in control that frightens me... I am a wuss

SleekIcilyVarix 41M

5/24/2006 8:55 am

Ideas for Fighting Fears

Systematic desensitization...show her pics of people on a rollercoaster smiling...have her interview peeps as they get off the coaster. Was it fun? Yes. Was it fun? yes. Was it fun? It was a blast! (Repeat with a bunch o peeps).. Encourage her to try fast, but less formidable rides, plus things like the Ferris Wheel. (Rides that take me high up are ok, rides that are fast are ok...rides that are high and fast must be ok, too.)
Find out what she tells herself about the coaster that makes her so scared, then help her tell herself something new instead. "It's going to be fast, it's going to be scary, but it's going to be FUN!" "I can scream as loud as I want to because everyone else will be screaming too." (etc.)

That said, I love rollercoasters, but one time I was on one with a friend of mine and our car stopped in the middle of the ride. We were stuck up there for 20 minutes before it started again. It wasn't terrible, but I wasn't too crazy about the prospect of possibly having to climb down from up there if they couldn't get the car moving again. Don't share this with your niece. lol

rm_bucfannn replies on 5/24/2006 9:57 am:
I've tried that myself. No matter HOW many people tell me it's a GREAT ride, I cannot bring myself to try.

My next greatest fear. Being UPSIDE DOWN when it stops... *shudder*

oldude1946 70M

5/24/2006 9:47 am

That's way to fast for me

rm_bucfannn replies on 5/24/2006 9:58 am:
me too, cupcake

peaches19555 61M

5/24/2006 12:15 pm

I don't have many fears at least to the point that they limit my actions. Perhaps for me it is just the opposite. Is it my fear of time slipping away that urges me to actions that are better ignored? Let me step off this coaster and find my pleasure waiting in line.

rm_bucfannn replies on 5/24/2006 7:29 pm:
Well, meet me "in line", cause that's as far as I'll go. Although, I do have to say, you made a good point. I'll have to rethink some things...

rm_Kingcat4U2 64M
2799 posts
5/24/2006 3:16 pm

Rational and irrational fears. Heed the former, and the second group really depends on how it impacts the quality of your life. Say you're afraid of public speaking (very common) and your next promotion depends on your ability to speak in front of groups. If you want that promotion, you will have to face that fear and take action that will allow you to function in spite of the fear. Roller coaster rides? I think you can have a great life without those. Just tell 'em it disturbs your inner ear equilibrium and causes you to retch all over the person next to you.
Works like a charm. Oh, yes-Heights. Amazing how jumping out of that plane at the Sky Dive place in ZephyrHills can put that into perpective. Climbing on the roof is a piece of cake now!

rm_bucfannn replies on 5/24/2006 7:30 pm:
ok, I draw the line at jumping out of perfectly good airplanes

brute472 74M
3480 posts
5/24/2006 7:43 pm

My daughter has no fear of any ride and when we go to atheme park she shames me into riding with her.
I would much rather not ride but rather than show her the fear inside I do it.

rm_bucfannn replies on 5/25/2006 5:35 am:
Now see? That's where I'm different. I don't care WHO thinks I'm a wuss

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