We know all the comparisons between life and a roller coaster:

Up and down.







Let’s do it again.

Make it stop.

One more time.

OMG never again.

I think some people are so much better-equipped than others to handle the roller coaster of life. Maybe it is their nature, maybe it is in their genes, maybe both. They enjoy the anticipation, they relish the free-fall, they smile through the slow lagging times.

Me? Not so much. I’m really not all that good at it, especially the part where you’re low down and think: “Is this it?” “Is it over?” “I’m so done with this roller coaster B.S.” I do it, but it doesn’t thrill me or move me to my core. Sometimes I go through the motions.

I always loved the declaration of the cute little grandmother in the great movie “Parenthood:”

You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

I loved the idea of her being a Roller Coaster Girl. But I never felt like one. Maybe some people are better suited to the Merry-Go-Round Life. It’s not as exciting, but it isn’t as jarring either. Maybe the Merry-Go-Round is too easy, though. Too much of a comfort zone. Too much settling.

Guess what? Today, I am just not sure. Today, I don’t know.

What about YOU…are you a willing Roller Coaster Person or are you happy with the Merry-Go-Round?

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