Sunday, 13 September 2015

My speech ( first time on a hydro slide )

Have you ever had to face any fears in your life? Maybe you might have done high ropes at camp and you were scared you would fall, or maybe it was your first time skiing and you didn't know how to control yourself, or maybe it was when you went on the leap of faith at clip n climb. Can you remember your heart beating really fast? Or not talking to your mum when she asked if you were ok? Well most people have had a moment like that.

It's important to face your fears. The thing that I fear could be another person's favourite thing in the world.

It all started on a beautiful early Hanmer spring morning. We were outside sitting on a seat opposite one of the exciting pools.  I saw people screaming and standing under the bucket that tipped rock hard water. I smelt the smell of the sulphur pools. There were glossy trees and steamy hot pools all around me. My brother Campbell, who seemed very adventurous on that glorious day, was running around and acting really excited.

My dad and Campbell were climbing the stairs to go on the hydro slide. I watched Campbell having so much fun splashing around in the pool and jumping up and down whenever he came out of the hydro slide. I really, really, really wanted to go on the hydro slide, but at the same time I was a nervous 9 year old girl. Words were swirling around my head  

Go on the hydro slide Beth.

No don't go on it Beth, it's scary.

Go on the hydro slide Beth .

No don't go on it Beth, it's scary.

I had to make up my mind if I wanted to go on the hydro slide or not.

I knew I was wasting my time by dawdling around. I then said to Mum

"Can you please get me a wristband?" because I had to learned to face my fears. So mum went up to the reception to get a wristband. The lady at reception said

"Please put your hand out so I can put a wristband on you".

I put my shaking hand out on the reception desk so the lady could put the wristband on me.

After the tightest wristband in the world got put on me, I ran straight to the hydro slide and dashed up the stinky duck pooey stairs. I then approached the top of the hydro slide to find two lines. I was shocked at the look of the two hydro slides. One went extra fast and one went slow. I was going to go in the black hole line because I had heard that there was glow in the dark arrows, but I decided to go on the slower hydro slide to start off with.

It soon came to my turn. My heart was beating really fast and butterflies were doing ballet lessons in my tummy. I waited ten seconds for the bright green light. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4, I was counting in my head 3,2,1 GO.

I was off and screaming at the same time. I was having a thrill of a lifetime. I never knew how FUN hydro slides were. I was twirling around in the hydro slide and making myself go backwards. I then came out of the hydro slide and out into the great outdoors.

I was glad that I had faced my fears that day because I usually don't - I would usually go off and do something else.

I found out that day that facing your fears can actually turn out to be really fun.

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