Life’s a Roller Coaster!


Recently, I traveled to California with a large group for one last push of fun and fellowship. We visited Knott’s Berry Farm, which is one of my favorite theme parks because it is not as crowded as some of the larger parks. In fact, if you get there early enough (which we did), you can basically ride all of the rides and enjoy the entire experience.

Somehow, I was convinced to join the big girls and ride the roller coaster’s, which is something I had not done in a very long time. I had basically sworn off such craziness years ago, so, I am not certain what power rose up in me to make me change my mind. I looked at the roller coaster’s as though they were simple rides that surely I could enjoy somehow.

I did not go small and started with one of the toughest rides in the park, the Silver Bullet which is a coaster that is suspended in the air that sent us climbing to a height of over 145 feet. Then, it quickly soars back down with a drop of no less than 100 feet. And, all of this was happening while my legs were dangling. I made it through and said, “That’s it, I’m done.” But was I?

No, I was not done because I graciously and excitedly ran towards another coaster, the Xcelerator. This coaster shoot’s out like a rocket, no really, you go from 0-82 mph in 2.3 seconds and you are immediately 100 feet in the air and then here comes the 90+ feet drop. I should have known this one would have me gasping for breath when the conductor leaned over and whispered to me (of all people), “Look at it this way, you will be closer to God up there!” I so did not laugh. I made it through and said, “That’s it, I’m done!” But was I?

Of course not because now, I was charged up and I was ‘riding’ high on endorphin’s and instead of a ‘runners high,” I was on a “riders high.” And even though my brain was saying slow down, my body was swiftly running towards the Boomerang. This wild ride was a total scream machine as it turned us head-over-heels (literally) over six times in less than 1-minute. Then, when I thought we were a little safe, it started all over again but this time, we were backwards. I made it through and said, “That’s it, I’m done.” But was I?

Of course not, I kept going and was wondering why and, woman, what is wrong with you?  I finally stopped riding the coasters when I was presented with one that made me pause and reflect on my life. It was time to enjoy some of the other aspects of the park, you know, the slower things. 😂

After a long day at the park, I began to think how life can be like a roller coaster and how we must be willing to deal with the high’s and the low’s.

Today, I encourage you with the following, which riding the coasters helped me to remember:

  1. You can sit in the front or the back, you will have to go up and come down just like everyone else in life
  2. Sometimes in life, you need to scream to truly express your feelings and it’s okay as other’s are screaming too
  3. Life can go very fast and really does not last long enough. So, enjoy the ride while you can and take in the entire experience
  4. You may be having fun one moment in your life and be terrified the next. Make sure your buckled in, remain encouraged and you will make it through
  5. Always remember to follow the rules of life and society to ensure you are as safe as you possibly can be. Yes, make sure you’re secured
  6. There are many different designs to life and each person’s life experience may be a little different
  7. You have to understand life for yourself and not from anyone else’s perspective
  8. Know that the higher you elevate your thinking and words, the higher you can take your life

Today, I would like to ask, how can you compare your life to that of a roller coaster? Have you learned anything from the experience? If so, what did you learn? Let me know in the comments below.

And, please enjoy this video of one of the coaster’s I conquered and remember, “Life is like a roller coaster. There will be up’s and down’s but, try to enjoy the ride and be happy.” 

Move Forward In Righteousness XOXO 
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