Is your life a roller coaster ride?

The last week held quite a bit of shaking of things, with the earthquake, the hurricane, and in my own personal world, my husband losing his job.

I had someone comment to me that while life seems like it is a roller coaster, it is much better than a merry-go-round. This statement really got me to thinking. (I apologize for not giving them credit, I cannot find the statement!)

The carnival of life

On a roller coaster, there are many ups and downs, the press of pushing upwards to reach a pinnacle only to be plummetted down a hill at breakneck speed. Sometimes there is not much time to breathe in between hills.

The roller coaster is exhilarating, with its ups and downs, and has a path it is following to an end.

The merry-go-round is a much quieter, slow ride. You may be on a fixed horse, or in a carriage. Or you may be on a horse that does go gently up and down. Your path is much more limited. You spend your time on this ride going around in circles, doing the same thing, seeing the same things again and again.

These rides very much can be used as an analogy for life. Life has its ups and downs and round and rounds.

We actually spend time on both of these rides in our lives. We may spend some time on merry-go-round, feeling like we are getting nowhere. Going round and round, riding up and down on our decorated pony. My husband actually felt this way at his job.

Then we are propelled to the roller coaster. We get hit with some news, and not knowing how it is going to progress, (as my husband did with his job loss) we travel up the first hill of the coaster. It may be a rough ride, but it will be exciting to see where this path will lead!

What about you?

Do you feel like you have been on a few merry-go-rounds and roller coasters?

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17 comments to Is your life a roller coaster ride?

  • Hanni

    Yes, my life has full of ups and downs & round and rounds. I’ve been into great laughs and cries but still I’m here standing strong and still motivated to win the fight.
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  • l

    For each forward movement, propels another and another. And then, a big drop. But mostly perspective is what is lost, my tools are intact but I cannot retrieve them during these dips, i.e., loss of job, beginning college after being out for years, teen and ‘tween starting middle school and their angst/meltdowns. I try warm baths with lavendar, plenty of chamomile, ginger and peppermint tea, lots of water and loads of meditations and prayer. Eventually I come around, but going through it can take weeks if my emotions have hit panic attack mode. Thankful for yoga, meditation, and sometimes, medication if needed.

  • This is such a good analogy. We have to enjoy the good times, because inevitably hard times come our way.

    Good luck to your husband as he looks for another job!

  • Oh wow Bernice. I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s job, but it sounds as though he may have been ready to set off of the merry-go-round anyway, no?

    Maybe it’s time to set off on that RV a little early? ;)
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  • FINALLY! A month of being on and off with the computer! Thank God! I live to read your blogs. They are life to me along with the Word of God. How can I get a letter to you?

  • Devonage

    I can’t explain directly in my life situation , its always been rolling around all over the world, But thanks be to GOD he make my life strong….Anyway thank you about it, i totally appreciates this.
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  • I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s job loss. We only had to deal with the hurricane and earthquake, and they were more than enough to leave me quite shaken (no pun intended, but I can’t think of a better word).

    Prayers for your family that you’ll climb the next hill of the coaster soon.
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  • I’ve been on those rollercoaster rides many many times. Always takes me by surprise, and is an unsettling feeling. My teen son taught me a wonderful way to handle those situations and I wrote a post about it on my blog entitled “Whheeee!” ….

    http://dontkissanelephant.blogspot.com/2011_05_22_archive.html

    So glad to hear your husband has now found a job!

  • Shana T.

    I’m happy to have a roller coaster life, rather than a life of a dull marry go around. The good thing about a roller coaster life where the surprises and thrill along the line. It help us define who we really am and what we can do.
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  • I am so sorry to hear that your husband lost his job. Since the hurricane, and the subsequent power loss, I am just reading this post. My prayers are with your family.
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  • Laura

    WOW!..thats cool to ride on that supaah roller coaster..wanna try that sometime..:):)
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  • Dadah

    Great I love myself being rolling life lol… anyway thank for this info.
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  • Sometimes my life makes me want to say… stop I need to get off for a minute. But most times I just hang on and hope the seatbelts don’t come loose.
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  • Hi, Bernice,
    sorry to hear your husband lost his job. Hope he finds a new one soon, even better, more enjoyable and with bigger salary! Guess that is all the point of the roller coaster life. Sometimes, if you want to reach top, you first have to be the landed on the ground.
    I personally like excitements and changes in my life, so I think I am not afraid of roller coasters. However, merry-go-round style is sometimes more preferable, when you are perfectly happy with everything and just want to leave the way it is, from day to day.
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  • Lucy

    my fave quote – ” Life is filled with so many exciting twists and turns. Hop off the straight and narrow whenever you can and take the winding paths. Experience the exhilaration of the view from the edge. Because the moments spent there, that take your breath away, are what make you feel truly alive.” :)
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  • Kim

    i have read of this and would like to share too.

    ” Life can be like a roller coaster…
    And just when you think you’ve had enough,
    and your ready to get off the ride and take the calm, easy merry-go round…
    You change your mind, throw you hands in the air
    and ride the roller coaster all over again.
    That’s exhilaration…that’s living a bit on the edge…that’s being ALIVE.”
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