I remember quite well the very first time I went to Eden (in those times there used to be fewer people than nowadays). A friend of mine went ahead two days before, came back and began spouting to everyone how amazing his experience had been. At that point, I didn't feel ready at all. I deduced we go there to die, based on the warnings the game gives to anybody approaching the entrance, but it irritated me the fact that my experience was going to be ruined the longer I waited.
I asked a different friend if she had been to Eden, she replied she was utterly terrified. I asked someone more experienced and he said he wouldn't help me to go up for the first time, that I had experience it by myself. I looked at my scared friend and asked her, “Shall we go?” She grabbed my hand and we ventured in.
Reaching the end of the eye was horrible, we had lost no less than 4 or 5 wings between the two of us. She was kind of depressed and wanted to go back but I pulled her further up to the warning sign. I said to her "If you want to go back, it is ok. I will march on, see you on the other side." and stepped in. To my surprised she followed me and grabbed my hand.
The pummelling was intense but we struggled through, noticing our expressions getting blown out (this was before the public release), and reached the part with the white gate at the end. I told her to go first, she ran, I ran. We barely made it to the other side. When the game changed Eden and made it darker, she looked for me and asked me if I was ready for another go, I extended my hand, she held on tight, and off we went to the next life.