Life is like a roller coaster,
but I don’t think people are riding the right one.
I recently went to Six Flags America over the weekend and I had a blast. My boyfriend and I rode every roller coaster except one, had some Dippin’ Dots, and even took a picture with Daffy Duck and Porky the Pig. It was one of the best days I’ve had in a while.
It was while waiting in line for Ride of Steel that my wheels started turning. (We waited in that line for a whole hour, so I had plenty of time to think.) People seem to always use the expression that life is like a roller coaster. They use it to describe life’s ups and downs. They happen in life and all we can do is ride it out. However, I don’t believe people are talking about the same roller coasters that I enjoy riding at the theme park.
No matter what point I am at while I’m riding, I am filled with excitement. I want more. I am always happy to be riding it and firmly enjoy the thrills of the steep drops and twists. Even the other day when my glasses fell off my face, I was scared, but my boyfriend and I locked them in with our feet and I continued to even enjoy the loop.
So here’s a question: Why aren’t we treating this roller coaster we call Life, like we are at a theme park?
Even when we are experiencing ups and downs, we should still be enjoying the ride. At no point should we be waiting for the ride to go back up, but if we are, its because we can’t wait for the next fall.
At no point should you want to get off. Take every twist, turn and loop with a smile.
At least you are riding it.
At least you haven’t stopped.
So when things get a little hairy and you find yourself thinking, “Well life is like a roller coaster.” Take that next step and say, “I’m going to ride it like I’m at an amusement park.”
If you can’t, do that, then maybe you’re riding the wrong one.
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