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Riding The Rollercoaster of Life

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

The original rollercoasters relied on the momentum of the car to get it round the track. We would sit in the car and head around the track until we reach the end.

We ride the rollercoaster of life, and experience all the twists and turns, ups and downs. We enjoy the ride and all the corresponding emotions of fear, elation and exhilaration.

When the car hits the bottom of a dip we don’t suddenly stop the car, get out and try to fix the ‘broken’ car. We allow the journey to continue up the other side. We instinctively know that we are in the car for the duration of the ride and we WILL get round the track.

There is nothing to do, nothing to fix.

Ride. Experience. Ride. Experience

We don’t sit in the car thinking ‘I shouldn’t be scared’. We ENJOY the feeling of being scared, that is the whole purpose of the ride.

Until the ride is complete.

It is the same with life. Except this time we DECIDE if a feeling is OK to have or not.

We label them good and bad feelings. And this is where the problems start.

What if we could just enjoy the ride of life instead?

Martyn Dawes is a Coach, Social Care Consultant, and Author of The Overwhelmed Manager: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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