Do you feel like you are on the roller-coaster of life? No matter what you do, you are always on the descent and can’t seem to get ahead. I have put together an analogy of life and a rollercoaster based on this poem I wrote. I hope it will help you find ways not to be discouraged when the rollercoaster of like descends.
I know we all feel this way at times in our lives. But why don’t you ever feel like you are at the top of the rollercoaster? Why does it feel like you are at the bottom looking up 80% of the time?
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I believe you are not always at the bottom or on the descent. When life is good, and you are on top of the world, you tend to relax. At the top of your rollercoaster, life is more comfortable, and you float along, enjoying happiness and sunshine. But when you are at the bottom or on the climb back up, it is such a struggle that time slows down, and it feels like forever.
Everyone says life at the top is lonely. I disagree because when you are at your lowest that you feel all alone. Your mind starts to doubt itself. Your words and actions become negative, and no one wants to be around you. If you stay at the bottom, you begin to lose contact with friends and family.
People around you want to help, but when you refuse to climb back up, they are helpless to convince you to move upward. You spiral down and crawl into your oh-poor-me self-pity thoughts.
How can you combat emotions like this? How can you keep a positive mind and outlook in the dark situation?
See Your Situation Differently
Here is where my analogy of life and a rollercoaster begins. How you approach life and the roller-coaster it presents is within your attitude. Yes, we all face some dark moments and feel like we can’t crawl out, but the solution is still within you. Right about now, you may be thinking that I don’t know how bad your situation is. I write from my past experiences, and I have been in some very dark places in my past. I made it through, and you can make it also.
The first step to changing your roller-coaster ride is to see the descent and the upward climb as something positive. These hard times are both learning experiences that will carry you through many days in your life.
Keep A Positive Mind
Building a positive thought process is not an easy task. I used to be negative Nelly many years ago. I had to train my mind to look at the brighter side of a situation. I did this by washing my mind with good thoughts. I suggest you read positive quotes, or if you are a Christian, you can renew your mind with the word.
I googled positive scriptures and came up with many different sites that have listed verses. One of these that I found most useful is the Open Bible. Within this link are numerous positive sayings from the bible.
I will often go to Pinterest or Google and search for positive quotes. What you think indeed is what you will become. The process of renewing your mind is a daily task. Your thoughts will begin to change over time. When you speak will be uplifting to you and all of those around you.
Respecting yourself is not just about being kind to yourself. To respect yourself is a deep admiration for your achievements, accomplishments, qualities, and your abilities.
When your roller-coaster is at the bottom, it is difficult to acknowledge your good qualities. Pick out one small ability or achievement you have accomplished in your life and focus on this. Soon you can pick another, and the process will multiply.
Some would say this is arrogant, but if you do not respect yourself, then no one else can either.
Build Your Self-Esteem
Often in life, you need other people to give you compliments and build you up. When you dress to go out, you want someone to tell you that you look beautiful or handsome. Or when you cross a milestone in your life, you want someone to notice.
You have to believe in yourself. It is nice to receive compliments to make your climb up the rollercoaster easier, but when no one notices, you will begin your descent again. You can’t base who you are on what others think of you.
Whatever it is that takes you to the bottom of your rollercoaster is what you need to face. Is it fear of failure or lack of confidence. Facing your fear head-on takes courage
We all have some type of history that we use to create a paradigm. We run all of our future experiences through these standards and base what we can accomplish on how we felt many years ago. As your achievements change, so will you. Face your fears and rebuild your paradigm.
Dare To Dream
Having a dream is good. Your destiny is in your hands with the choices you make. You can contemplate the possibility of your future. Build your future on faith and hope and watch your imagination grow.
You build dreams at the bottom of the rollercoaster. You work hard to climb to the top, hanging onto that dream with hope and faith. When you get to the top, you will begin a descent. Will your downward descent destroy all of the goals you have worked toward? Or will your foundation be at the bottom for you to build on again?
The Choice Is Yours.
Life and a rollercoaster are a lot alike, but the choices you make will get you through the ups and downs. Choose to renew your mind to see the positive. Respect yourself by acknowledging your achievements and qualities. Build yourself with the goodness inside of you, not based on what others say about you. Be courageous in whatever is preventing your climb to the top. Rise out of the darkness by facing your fear. Dare to build dreams on hope and faith that will raise your foundation. When you descend, you will not go as low as you did the last time.
Hold your head up high, begin the climb up, know that when you reach the top, you will come back down. In your mind, recognize this as a learning experience to better yourself and rebuild your paradigm for the future.
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16 thoughts on “Life And A Rollercoaster”
Great Post! I think you are right. It is often easier to notice the harder times or the down section of the roller coaster. The good times are surreal almost like a dream because everything seems perfect, but then you tip over the edge and come screaming back into the hard times.
You are totally right about changing the way your perceive things. If you can find the joy in the challenges and look forward to them it will only serve to make the good times even better. The words you say to yourself and others are also very important because they reflect your state of mind.
If you find yourself drawn towards negativity you know that you must change what you are consuming (with your mind). Positive thinking and talking is quite difficult especially in this world where negativity is so easily available. I think that, like your roller coaster example, life needs both the ups and downs.
A roller coaster never stays at the top for long, nor does it linger at the bottom. That is life moving through the good and the bad and not dwelling on either one.
I love the way you read and summarized this complete article. Thank You so much for your comment and input.
First of all, I must say that you’re a very good writer. I was really enjoying every bit of your article from the beginning to the end. Indeed life can sometimes be full of ups and downs. Especially when we are feeling so negative. For me personally, one of the things that keep me moving every single day is reading my Bible. I mean the Bible is full of good and encouraging words coming from the creator of the universe. I don’t remember going to Google to search for positive quote though. What I do is to make sure I do my daily Bible reading and then I’m on the move.
Building self esteem and respecting ourselves is another good way of staying positive because in this way, we become self confident, especially when we have been able to achieve something worthwhile in our life. It can really be a great boost to encouraging us to move on and it makes you feel that you have some value.
Courage is also a very good medicine to our fears. Since it helps us to ward off any fears we may have in life of failing. So, to me it is a good quality everyone should strive to cultivate.
Thanks so much for sharing all these value with us.
Stephen, I agree with you that the bible is the answer to all. Thank you so much for your compliment on my writing. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comments.
Very insightful. I feel I were in your shoes while you were telling every paragraph.
It is very hard for someone on the bottom to oversee what’s going on on the top or speculate what’s going to happen. That I think is the hardest part to overcome. It is an inner mind fight, and, your right, no one can make the “victory” but the person that owns that mind. What makes it even harder is that such fights doesn’t require support from the physical world, meaning that money, commodities, people, etc., to a certain amount, doesn’t help that much in this fight. What really matter is the psychological and mental support, which are mainly lead by the person’s mind.
You are so right and very insightful. You comment adds great value to this article. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
Love your post…
I agree being at the top is not lonely. I surround myself with other people at the top!
We are a good looking bunch!
I also observed that the higher I got, the less of my old friends were around. New friends appeared. I didn’t intentionally want that, but my old friends had different agendas and slowly moved away.
I found that my new ‘top-players’ had different conversations, new vocabulary and looked at life in a whole different way.It reminded me of Rich Dad Poor Dad!
I really enjoyed your post.
All your topics and thoughts are spot on!
Yes, you are right. As we change so does our network of people and friends. I love your comparison to Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Thank You
HI Laura, What a lovely poem. My husband, when he was still able, wrote beautiful poetry and this reminded me of it. Life is really like a roller coaster ride which makes one realize that although you go down you will always come up again. My mother was a supreme optimist and she needed to be as Dad suffered severe bouts of depression.
The way Mom dealt with it was by working herself to save enough money to take them on an overseas trip. As soon as they returned, she would begin again, planning the next one. I Dad got down and felt he had nothing to live for, she would say, “Oh, what a pity and then you won’t be coming with me to Japan?”, or wherever the next trip would be. That would perk him up pretty quickly.
She taught us that we should always have something to look forward to in life. Obviously not always a trip overseas but something.
My favorite quote from the Bible is “And it came to pass” and when I am going through a back patch, I cling on to that.
Thank you for your lovely, encouraging post and wishing you always to be on top of the roller coaster.
Jill, thank you for your kind words. You mom sounds like an amazing lady just as my mom was too. “And it came to pass” Love this one too. All things will come in God’s time.
Thank you for your encouraging words and I am so happy you enjoyed this article.
This is a kind of motivational post and it is just what I needed. Life can be really messy at times and one needs to be motivated everyday to face all life has to throw at us. Daily positive affirmations,surrounding yourself with the right people,dream big,build your self esteem etc. These are ways one can use to hold themselves high and remove themselves from whatever is bringing them down.
It’s very important that we all do this on a daily basis. Thanks for the motivation.
Jay you are so welcome. It is my pleasure and desire to inspire and motivate. How we handle life is in our minds. Keep the positive thoughts. Thank you for your comment.
I have to admit I have struggled with the rollercoaster of life in my business. For instance, when I used to make 10-15k a month life seemed a lot easier. Then, my site got knocked down in Google and I went to about $200/month. It was really hard and seemed like a endless rollercoaster ride on the way back up. I remember being stressed, depressed, anxious, etc.
I think what I learned the most was there is bell curve to business. There are times when times are great. There are times when you’re doing ok, and there are times you feel like your the rollercoaster flew off the tracks.
It’s important to be humble and not let the money really affect your mood, though. I would say when times are bad focus on the one thing that is going right, though. Don’t dwell on the negatives. But, then again is wealth really an accurate measurement of success?
Garen, All of life is a rollercoaster not just business. And you are right, wealth is not who we are. The measure of success is in who we can help and our growth in life.
Great quotes Laura Fuller.
Nice analogy! Many are afraid of this rollercoaster(life) and a very few enjoy it by taking a ride.
Very inspiring and motivating post. The points you discussed are vital to live a meaningful life. Thanks for sharing these great insights.
I need to work on building a positive mind and you said it right “Building a positive thought process is not an easy task” and thanks for providing the solution as well.
I made a note of the link you referred via open bible. Will practice it.
Wishing you great success!
Paul, Keeping a positive mind is a challenge in tough times. But washing you mine in the word of God or positive quotes will make a big difference and begin to change you complete thought process.