At the height of COVID, schools, restaurants, amusement parks, and other public spaces were shut down, putting the world in pause. Therefore, meeting with friends was much more difficult, and it was hard to authentically engage and connect without that face-to face interaction. Now, as vaccines are more accessible and quarantine restrictions have been lifted, many are starting to enjoy their everyday lives again. I had the opportunity to step out of my quarantine bubble into what I remembered as a normal life. Through this, I was able to spend quality time and make beautiful memories with my friends at Six Flags.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is and it’s a very special place to me. In my town, it is the closest amusement park where you can hangout with friends. Now, post-covid, there are many safety precautions in place. To go to Six Flags, my friends had to reserve spots in order to get inside the park. To ensure safety precautions, my friends and I wore masks at all times, had our temperature checked, and frequently washed/ sanitized our hands after riding each ride, which made me feel a lot safer in the public environment. Although I‘ve been to Six Flags multiple times, this time it felt like a new experience.
While I’m not really a roller coaster person, it was actually the best day of my life. My friends and I got to do so many activities we couldn’t do because of quarantine. Each ride was very meaningful for me. The new thrilling experiences that I hadn’t been able to have because of Covid had come to life, making my friends and I happy. For each ride I rode, I was able to make new memories. The loopy rides that made me scream until my head blanked helped release all the stress I had. Personally, my favorite ride was the Drop of Doom; it’s a ride that goes up a few feet and drops you really fast. All of us were scared to ride it, but once we did, we went back to ride it three more times.
Nicole Tran, a friend that attends Rancho Pico High and went to Magic Mountain with the group said “I was glad to go this month. I hadn’t been able to go out in so long, it was better since I got to hang out with my friends.”
My other friend, Sarah, said, “This was so amazing. Usually my parents would never let me go but since I got to go outside, I was very glad.”
I was very happy about the positive responses my friends came up with. Even in the most difficult times, going out from time to time can really help. So while you have the chance, go ask your friends to go hang out.