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To the girl who always feels left out,
Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?
Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?
No, thank you.
At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.
You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.
We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.
What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.
Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.
Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.
Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.
Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.
Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.
From one left out girl to another,
As a person who gets motion sickness looking down at her phone on 15-minute car rides, you probably would not expect me to be a rollercoaster fiend. But, unfortunately (for my stomach), I am. In fact, I've been a Six Flags Season Pass holder for the past two years. I haven't been too many times, so I'm no know-it-all, but I definitely know more than your average human. So, throughout the more-than-your-average-human number of times I have been, I've managed to decide on a list of my top 5 favorite Six Flags Magic Mountain rides that I feel are worth the wait.
I've only been on X2 two times (ironically) but it is definitely a #1 favorite. It's also probably one of the more intense rollercoasters at Magic Mountain, so I would not recommend it as a starter ride for an amateur Six Flags goer. Also, the line is usually pretty long, so prepare to whip out your dad-like waiting-in-line games. It's going to be a long wait, but I promise the ride will not disappoint. To make things even more tempting, there's a part that (occasionally) has fire shoot out! What's cooler than that? Beats me.
If you can get past the idea that you're harnessed into a seat facing the ground and suspended hundreds of feet in the air, then this ride is for you. In fact, if you manage to relax (it took me around 2-3 rides to "relax" and not feel like I was going to die), then it feels like you're flying! Actually, though. You're looking down, riding among the trees, the wind is in your face… it's the best feeling ever.
This is less of a conventional ride at Six Flags-- it's not a rollercoaster, but rather a giant oscillating swing. If you've been to the Santa Monica Pier, it's like the dragon boat ride there, on crack. You swing so high you feel like you're gonna die, but the view, feeling, and everything else going on at the same time is so amazing that you don't really care about the dying part.
4. Twisted Colossus
This ride also usually has a super long line, but the ride is very worth it in my opinion. It's worth it because, in a way, the ride "repeats" itself. You go up on one track and then come back down on another, and then proceed to go through the whole track again through this different (but similar) parallel track from the first. Sometimes, as you inch your way up towards the top before the drop (spoilers, oops) you'll pass another car simultaneously going up the other track! Make sure to be awkward and say hi!
I always go on Goliath first because it usually has the shortest line. I don't understand why-- it's such a thrilling ride. The drop at the beginning always gets me. It feels as if it's lasting forever (in the worst and best way possible.) You get the butterflies all the way from your toes up to your forehead. Sometimes I feel like my stomach flies into my brain on the drop part. It's super fun and also deathly scary at the same time. The rest of the ride has a lot of turns, where you also feel like you're going to fall off the track. It's scary at the moment, but after you see that you come out alive, I promise you're going to want to go on it again.
In conclusion, all rides at Six Flags are super fun, but these 5 mentioned above are well worth the wait. As for honorary mentions, Superman, Drop of Doom, Batman, Full Throttle, and Scream are all viable options as well, but just not my personal favorites. This is either because the line length outweighs the "fun level" of the ride, or the ride just doesn't compare to the top 5 mentioned above. Ultimately, on really busy days, you may only be able to get on 4 or 5 rides. So choose wisely, and prepare to die from an overload of adrenaline and excitement.