Kevin - LaGrange, Illinois
Entered on February 25, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Less than two months ago I was in Mexico on a warm night. Everyone was having great time. I was at a fiesta at my resort, and I could not be any more joyful. That was when they brought out the mechanical bull. It was one of the highlights of the night. I wanted to ride to bull, but was afraid of embarrassing myself by falling off. After I thought about it for a while, I had risen from my chair, walked to join the line of brave people and waited for my time to encounter the beast. Before I knew it, it was time for me to ride the bull. I jumped on the machine. I raised my hand, and it was off. Though the ride was painful at times, I kept my grip like it was fighting for my life. I felt like I was the star in the world championship of rodeos. Eventually the bull had its way with me, and I fell off. I did not care if people where laughing at me because I was have too much fun to care what their opinion was. That ride was one of the highlights of my vacation.

I believe that people should not be afraid to have fun on their vacations. A person needs to explore new things to try that they would not normally think of doing. If they mess up at what they are doing, people are not going to care or make fun of them. Being stressed out during a vacation does nothing. A person usually takes time off to have fun and get away from their problems. It is highly probable that a person on vacation is not going to see someone they meet there again. Even if those people stay friends, they most likely will never bring up that moment again. Vacations are a gate to a land away form society in which it is okay to let your crazy side come out. People should not be embarrassed at other people’s laughter.

I have always been afraid of embarrassing myself. I would rather try now then later wonder what it would have been like if I would have attempted what I wanted to do before. Ever since that night I have tried many new things, regardless of what people think.