Capital Ferris Wheel

Capital WheelDeep breaths. That is all I could think as I stepped into the air conditioned gondola to embark on our ride of the [Capital Wheel] at National Harbor. The ride operator smiled at us and closed the sliding doors shut. Immediately my heart began to race and I had to close my eyes to keep from feeling like I was going to run out of air in this little space that was circling around to heights of 180 feet above the Potomac.  I am always telling Luke to face his fears. For the past four years I have struggled with fear that strikes at random and paralyzes me, sometimes making me feel faint or short of breath and other times like I just have to run away as fast as I can.  It usually happens in tight or overcrowded spaces like elevators, amusement parks or airplanes, but I didn’t always used to be this way. My doctors told me I have autonomic neuropathy which essentially translates to a sensitive nervous system. As I sat on the ferries wheel, I reminded myself to be brave.  I learned a long time ago that the opposite of fear is faith. Someone once told me that fear stands for false evidence that appears real.  I reminded myself, “this isn’t real”.  I prayed that God would slow my heartbeat and I forced myself to open my eyes.  After a few more deep breaths and banning Luke from rocking the gondola, I was able to relax and enjoy the ride.  It made it easier to have the love of my life to hold onto.

Luke Ferris Wheel

Capital Wheel

Capital Wheel

Capital WheelNational Harbor

National Harbor