Roller Coaster – The most dramatic ride in a theme park.
The emotional roller coaster can be tough to manage (especially if you are afraid of heights). We all go through them though. When you are stuck at the top, looking down… just thinking of the drop can cause anxiety, even though the fall only lasts a few seconds and then… it’s over.
Now, consider life. We let ourselves get so worked up over things that really don’t last long. Instead of facing them head on, knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we think of them constantly, thus creating angst, frustration, heartache, and more struggles… but for what? Something that is NOT forever… unless of course, you want it to be. Then, even after all is said and done, we don’t let it go… we rehash the misery over and over.
Roller coaster rides last minutes. The fall only last seconds. Once off the roller coaster, you are off to another ride. Life is all about roller coaster rides. Life has its ups and downs. How we handle them is our choice. Nobody forces us to get back on the rollercoaster, so why is it so hard to let it go? Don’t be a martyr for punishment. Don’t continue to relive the past. Focus on what is right in front of you and embrace it (even with its challenges).
Understandably, fear, worry and anxiety can prevent us from trying to think positive when you have been broken down. I let myself live focused on the past for a long time. It did nothing for me. I allowed all the negatives in my past to shape me, and not all the beauty in my “NOW”. I realized that in order for me to stop dwelling on the negatives, I needed a constant reminder of the positives. It’s so easy to get hung up on the rollercoaster… that is because it is typically the most dramatic ride in any theme park. I began a simple journal. One that travels with me everywhere I go. A journal that I write positive quotes and affirmations in.
My journal boasts quotes like:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Life the life you have imagined” – Henry David Thoreau
“The only thing holding me back is me! Release and let go, be brave, believe in yourself!” – Shivani Cotter (Trending Mom)
“Be fearful of mediocrity.” – Jonathan Ellery
I read these quotes and many more positive affirmations daily. When I begin to feel down, I open my book and remind myself of my goals, aspirations and why I need to keep trucking! Life is all about the roller coaster. Rather than be fearful of the fall, remember how quick it is and how many more wonderful rides are ahead.