I know what you’ve been thinking these past few days: “Where in the world is Kori? I’ve been checking her blog every day to see if a new post went up!” Blame Shonda.
After watching Scandal on Thursday, I needed some time to meditate and reflect. I call it “Post-Scandal Syndrome.” This will happen every week. Just an FYI.
No, but seriously, this past weekend was a whirlwind. Friday I went to go see that new Denzel movie — it doesn’t really matter what it’s called or what it was about…Denzel was in it.
Saturday I spent the entire day at Cedar Point. For those of you who have never been there, think Six Flags…times 50. Then take that 50, multiply it by five and that’s approximately the amount of money you’ll be spending to have a good day at Cedar Point.
And by “good day” I mean eating an extremely overpriced fast-food meal (or two), snacking on some of those delicious honey-roasted almonds and devouring some fancy ice cream/frozen yogurt, in addition to getting on all of the rides at least once. The only way to ensure this happens is to buy a very expensive Fast Lane Pass, which allows you to cut all of the ridiculous, two-hour-long lines. This VIP-like pass ranges from $75-$100 (depending on the size of the group you go with), in addition to the $50 ticket required to get into the park. Thankfully, I was able to finesse the system and wound up scoring two park entry tickets for #free99 (long story). So in a nutshell, I guess you could say I had a great day at Cedar Point.
One particular ride I was waiting to get on, the Dragster, was only 17 seconds long and had a wait time of two and a half hours. Even though I was VIP status and had probably less than an hour wait, it just didn’t seem that deep to me. I wound up not even getting on the ride. But still, the whole situation blew my mind. Hundreds of people were spending almost three hours of their lives waiting for a 17-second experience. How crazy is that??
It made me think of how we often spend so much of our time focused on temporary moments and situations, that we forget to appreciate the time we actually have. Not saying that we shouldn’t enjoy thrilling experiences and live life in the “fast lane” sometimes, but we should keep in mind that the time we spend on every experience is valuable.
So the next time you go to an amusement park and find yourself waiting in a two-hour line, make your waiting experience worthwhile. Ask the overtly PDA couple waiting behind you how they met or start singing a popular song and have everyone around you join in.
Or, be prepared to shell out $75-$100 to buy a Fast Lane Pass. After all, time is money.