Growing up, I enjoyed riding roller coasters. However, I was in the minority in my family. Out of my siblings and parents, my mom was the only one who half-way enjoyed them. (And she really didn’t care for them but she didn’t want me to have to ride alone.). I remember going to Disney World in elementary school and I found a roller coaster I wanted to ride. My mom agreed to ride with me while my dad, sister and brother watched. It was exhilarating—fast, sharp turns, unseen drops and abrupt stops. I tried to enjoy each moment although I was a little fearful and anxious. After all, it’s not every day you get to go on a roller coaster and enjoy the ride of your life!
Fast forward several years and I cannot stand roller coasters. I’m happy to ride the kiddie roller coasters with my 4-year old while my daughters go on the big roller coasters with my husband. Somewhere along the way, fear crept in and the element of surprise and anticipation is not as thrilling. I find myself holding my breath and waiting for the ride to end.
Life has a way of taking us on an adventure through its twists and turns. There are abrupt stops, quick turns, bumpy rides and unpredictability. However, we have the choice to enjoy the ride or ride in fear. Fear only prohibits us from truly enjoying what can be a memorable, learning experience.
As you continue on your journey, make it a practice to enjoy the ride. Smile through the sharp turns. Laugh at the sudden drops. Share the ride with a friend. Scream and cry while you hold his/her hand. Know the ride will end and you will have another wonderful journey to add to your life.
~Coletta Jones Patterson
Coletta is an author, life coach, business executive and weekly blogger. Connect with Coletta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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