Do One Thing That Scares You: A Short Essay by Keisha Jordan


Keisha Jordan

Fear /ˈfir/ n. An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

The quote “Do one thing that scares you,” by Eleanor Roosevelt to me, means that you should try to conquer your fears. It’s very difficult to do the things that scare you because they’re scary and most times you want nothing to do with those things. Conquering fear takes a lot of courage and motivation and encouragement and most times, a good figurative kick in the butt to get you to do those scary things. I remember when I was younger and I was very afraid of riding roller coasters because I always heard people screaming all the time and all the cartoons I watched with the characters riding the roller coasters they’d always be super scary and have this doom and gloom or metal music when presented to the audiences.
When the characters rode them they’d always be sick and green and woozy by the end. It wasn’t helpful at all in retrospect.  The first time I ever rode a roller coaster was at Six Flags amusement park. It was a few years ago and I think I went with my dad and my brother. The first roller coaster I ever rode was the Wild One. The first time I rode it was absolutely terrifying. I gripped the bar until my hands hurt and my knuckles turned colors. I was screaming and crying. When the roller coaster went down the drops I could feel myself rising from my seat and it felt awful at the time—as if I was going to fly out of my seat. When I got off the roller coaster I said I never wanted to ride another roller coaster and was salty for the next few hours. I secretly enjoyed the thrill though.
So when I had another chance to ride it, I decided to get on it again thinking that maybe it’d be better. I still cried but it wasn’t as bad as the first go around. Now I enjoy riding roller coasters and have gotten on many since that day.   I think you should try a few things that scare you because you might like it more than you think and if it’s an activity you might be good at or even excel at that thing. But if you’re always scared then you’ll never know and may never succeed. If you have to do something you think is scary on your path to success then you should try it because it might be worth it.

   By Keisha Jordan