Life: The Ultimate Rollercoaster

As beautiful as this journey can be, it can really be a gut slinger. The g-force it creates when it throws you for a loop, is so intense at times, that it can feel unbearable. It is the highs and the lows that make it one of the fastest and most interesting ride that we as humans can every experience. It is the memories we make, the people we meet, and the grief we experience that build this mega coaster. What’s the best is that we are each experiencing our own coaster, that was made special for us! For some it may seems like you are doing loop de loops endlessly, and for others, you are constantly slowly treking up the hill waiting for the drop on the other side. Although the end may seem scary to some, it is a welcome relief for others.

Okay, so what does this really look like. When you a slowly inching up to the top of the roller coaster, your anticipation is building along with your excitement. You may feel slightly anxious. This applies to so many things in life. Perhaps you are waiting the birth of a child, trying to anticipate a proposal, or even working towards a personal goal. The closer you get the more you feel those emotions. It may seem a little over whelming at times, but eventually the excitement trumps all. These highs are the highlight of our lives! We have many and we must cherish all the beauty and love that we have surrounding us. These times and moments give us the strength to face what could be just around the corner…The dreaded freefall… or is it. When you first experience that drop when heading down that slope it can be euphoric. You can feel a sense of momentary weightlessness. It is… stay with me…. pretty calming in a sense. This doesn’t last long before you are speeding! Life is fleeting and time flies faster that we would like it to. Fast and furious you go through the days, weeks, and years. Sometimes it goes so fast that you feel like your head is spinning, but still life is great! All is well and then…. BOOM a sharp turn, tiny hill, or the dreaded loop de loop.

Difficult situations, many times, come out of nowhere. Sometimes you can see them coming… but really there is not way to prepare for the feelings and emotions that follow. Death is one moment that no matter how much we are prepared for it, will through us for a loop. You find it difficult to know which way is up and which is down. The grief that follows only add another layer to the discombobulatedness…( I am not sure that is a word, but I am going to us it anyway). This part seems to stretch longer that any other piece that we have experienced. It wears you down. It makes you questions all your choices, and if there was anything that you could have done to avoid this part. Unfortunately, these experiences in life can make it seem like our lives are nothing just pressure, darkness, struggles, and sadness. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. These g-force producing loop de loop will not last forever. It is in these times that you must look to the good and positive that you have experience, and remember that there is still good to come. You can weather the storm!

When you have reached the end of your ride, and you are looking back on all the craziness, laughs, and sadness you have experienced, I hope that you are proud of your choices, and no matter what was thrown you way that you faced it all with dignity. You should feel fulfilled at the end. Trust me, you will feel this way when you don’t just look at the major points, but all the details in between. You are rocking life, no matter where you are!

K. Marin

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