Yesterday my two oldest went to Canada’s Wonderland with their school. We’ve been there quite a few times before, with our old homeschool group. These kids are 14 and 12 and have never been on a big ride. Seriously, last year they upgraded to the very mild adult rides. Their old friends used to hate them because my kids are quite tall and so were allowed to ride every ride for a few years now but certainly did not take advantage of that, unlike their shorter friends who were dying to go on everything. I remember driving there last year and telling them that this would be their last year if they didn’t at least try a couple!
But this year it was a whole big group of kids their age or older and the pressure was on. I couldn’t believe it when my son’s Instagram showed that he went on Leviathan right off! Its the biggest ride in the park! One that I have never, and probably will never, go on. Even my daughter, who likes to try nothing new, went on! Its a good thing I wasn’t there because she said she cried the whole way up - I would’ve freaked out knowing that she was strapped into something and terrified! But she loved it and wanted to go again.
I think yesterday was really good for them. They both had so much fun. But they never would’ve gotten there without the help of some friends. They used positive peer pressure to conquer their fear and ended up loving something they thought they would hate.
This is what friendship can do for us too. When you open up to other people, tell them about your fears, or your struggles, they can help you get through the other side. You can tap into all that positive peer pressure to help you do amazing things.
For the past year or more, I’ve been a part of a group called Hope*Writers. They have inspired me to do so much when it comes to blogging. I would never have gotten this far without them. They helped me figure out things like how much personal information to put on the internet and they celebrated with me when I put out my first newsletter. In real life I have friends that email, call, text, and listen. While I’m still getting used to depending on other people, I love the encouragement and support my friends give me in many areas of life.
So what is your Leviathan today? What group could you gather around you for help and encouragement? How can you conquer your fear and get out and do what you’re called to do? Because, in the wise words of my 14 year old son, “When all you hear for two weeks is ‘dude, you gotta do it man’ then you have to do it, mom.”