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The Roller Coaster

As I stood watching a never ending line of people waiting to get on a Roller Coaster, I wondered what the real “USP” of the Roller Coaster was. And the instant answer which I got (and with which each one of you will agree) is the thrill from the UPS and DOWNS. The feeling is amazing. And they are indeed the reason behind the euphoria over Roller Coasters.

And while watching a group of people going through the ride, full of adrenaline, screaming and shouting, I had this thought. Isn’t our life also like a Roller Coaster ride?

The happy and the difficult times of life. Aren’t they similar to the Ups and Downs of a Roller Coaster? And just as there would be no purpose, no thrill to a roller coaster without the highs and the lows, life would also be useless without the shift of emotions and the shift of situations (both Happy and Sad).

Let’s ask ourselves. Would we want to get on a roller coaster that just goes Up and never comes Down or on a roller coaster that just comes Down but never goes up? Would we pay for such a Roller Coaster? Would we wait in lines for hours to get on it? And the answer to all these questions is a big NO. And this is the exact reason why there are the Highs and Lows to life. So that we can feel the ongoing phase and understand and cherish the beauty of the other phase. That’s the very reason behind it. So that life is full of excitement. Full off feeling that something new is just around the corner. So that things don’t get redundant.

Imagine a life without the Happy or the Sad moments. Would Happiness feel so Splendid without having experienced the pain of Sadness? Would Sadness feel so gloomy without having experienced the pleasures of Happiness? The answer is again NO because both the phases are complementary to each other and none can exist without each other. So just remember that the ecstacy, the heartbreak, the felicity, the agony are all a part of life and if we look at the bigger picture, we’ll see that they are all needed in life in order to complete it. In order to complete the roller coaster.

I see all these people who the instant they experience a strong downhill on a roller coaster start crying in fear, complaining and asking the ride to be stopped because of fear. They are cowards. Haven’t they known about it before? Weren’t this the very reason they wanted to be on it? So why are they fearing it now? Its a roller coaster for Christ’s sake! That is its very purpose. To push you up and down. To give you thrills. What’s the reason in quitting in the very first stage after having waited in line all those hours just to be on it?

Life is exactly the same. And the people who quit and break down during the lows of life are cowards in the same way. Because going downhill is as much a part of life (and roller coaster) as is moving uphill and that you can’t go up without going down first.

So all of us who while experiencing the bad phases of life, feel like quitting, should remember that its just a phase and that it is only an indicator of the good phases to come. So just hang in there and hold on to your seats while passing through the bad times and maybe try and enjoy them too. After all we’ve all paid for the entire package and so we might as well savor each and every moment of the fabulous ride we call LIFE.


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Blogger , Guitarist , Altruist , Athlete, Sophist ... these all describe me... But what all these symbolize is my desire to be able do all the things which life has to offer and constantly grow as an individual...


10 thoughts on “The Roller Coaster

  1. Marvellous embodiment of a simple idea. Your posts are always around a simple idea but it compels me to introspect!
    Last para has all the essence- “…should remember that its just a phase…”. I cant say more but to agree with it.
    All in all, its as usual- ‘Wonderful!!!’.

    Posted by seekingnarcissism | January 28, 2012, 9:45 am
  2. You are right; without pain, we can’t know joy…

    Blessings – Maxi

    Posted by Maxi Malone | January 28, 2012, 11:25 am
  3. How many times have we compared life to a roller coaster, but never thought of it in literal terms? How could we recognize ups without the downs, and vice versa? Just watch out for those sudden stops!

    Posted by pattisj | January 30, 2012, 2:37 am
  4. Dead on target! And whats the worse? When the roller-coaster gets stuck somewhere and instead of those adventurous high speed ups and and downs.. all the riders get to experience a sluggish ride with frequent small, ho-hum vibrations!
    Thanks for reminding us the connection b/w life and roller-coaster.

    Posted by Apoyando's Strike (@_Apoyando) | January 31, 2012, 12:10 pm
  5. Excellent post, Epizeuxis! Contrast is what makes us appreciate the seasons too. And travellers around the world see the contrasts of different countries and climates…

    Posted by adeeyoyo | January 31, 2012, 6:31 pm
  6. beautifully written… 🙂

    Posted by Cynosure | January 31, 2012, 9:48 pm
  7. Through suffering one attains enlightenment. Is that not so?


    Posted by Rivenrod | February 1, 2012, 8:10 am
  8. Great post; I couldn’t agree more!

    Posted by danbalva | February 5, 2012, 9:58 pm
  9. Good points. And this picture is madness.

    Posted by dinkerson | February 10, 2012, 4:45 pm
  10. wonderful…you have to have jumpy nerves to get the best of something.

    Posted by eva626 | February 13, 2012, 5:56 pm

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About Epizeuxis

An Infrequent blogger, amateur guitarist , Altruist and a Sophist with a desire to be able do all the things which life has to offer and constantly grow as an individual.

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