I ran into a friend the other day and I asked him how he is doing. He said, “Oh, you know, riding the roller coaster of life: things are up and down.”
I used to love roller coasters and spinning rides. I even worked at an amusement park one summer.
When my friends and I were on the large roller coaster rides we would click, click, click our way up to the top in anticipation to the plunge that was going to flip our stomach. It was a welcome feeling. The rides would flip us upside down and we would travel backwards and sideways and forward once again. When the rides were over we were thrilled that we made it through and couldn’t wait to do it again so we would race back to the end of the line to do it again.
And now, not so much.
The rides I love now are the ones that move in a forward motion with less severe drops like the Disneyland rides, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain. Spinning rides are skipped over completely with no regret.
What kind of life’s roller coaster ride are you on right now?
Does your life experience extreme highs and lows like the super coasters? Do you spin around in a circle and don’t really go anywhere like the Mad Tea Party’s Teacups at Disneyland? Are you traveling slow and steady in a forward motion like the Disneyland Railroad? Or do you play it super safe and prefer to watch a show or performance from the sidelines?
I started thinking about all of this because part of my Zentangle reminds me of the structure of those large wooden roller coasters I used to love.