Note To Readers: I am planning on using some form of the non-word oogie as many times as I want to in the following post.
One of our family fun goals this summer was to experience Busch Gardens. Last week, we headed up the road to this amusement park for the first time. My son was just a tad excited about the adventure. See…
I have never been a fan of rides that plummet me down at high speeds. It’s not the height we fall from which bothers me, it’s the oogie feeling permeating my innards when we plummet. If we could plummet or whip around abrupt corners or turn upside down minus the oogie feeling…then rollers coasters would rock!
I was reminded as we stood in line waiting for one ride, that there’s whole breed of people in the world who seek out ooginess. This goes completely against my nature. If you were to look up my name in the dictionary, o0gie-lover would not be anywhere near it.
We boarded the above ride and although I was nervous I was enjoying all the special effects as we traveled through the darkness. The fire, the heat and the collapsing Roman- looking columns were cool. But then, we approached this huge door. As the door slowly slid open, I could feel my ooginess elevating. While listening to the ominous music playing, it occurred to me the ride designers were not trying to make it any easier on riders who might be prone to ooginess. If I had designed the ride, I would have chosen lighthearted music to put my wimpy riders at ease. Perhaps a pleasant voice like Julie Andrews singing something like “Do Re Mi.”
Sure, all you riders are about to plummet over this cliff into a pool of water but aren’t we having FUN?? Do a deer, a female deer, Re a drop of golden… Ahhhhhh!
As we rode several more rides that day, I was reminded of the following life lessons.
- The feeling of oogie often precedes the feeling of elation.
- We often have to journey through the oogie feeling to get to the desired destination.
- Oogie rarely happens when we remain in our comfort zones.
- Growth and change don’t occur without first taking steps into the Land of Oogie.
What makes you feel oogie?
Is it time for you to face the oogie?