“In life, you either choose the merry-go-round or the rollercoaster”
Let me be the first to us share I’m the rollercoaster guy. My life has served me the best in delivering experiences by taking this route. Here’s what they both kind of mean and then you can think of which one really resonates with you.
With one, you get the safety and consistency – but it’s predictable and could be boring. The scenes don’t change, the people on the ride don’t change, and it goes nowhere but in circles.
This of course is the merry-go-round. By no means, and it may seem based on the above paragraph, do I think this is a bad way to live a life. It’s just not how I choose to make decisions or lead my life. For some, this is exactly what they want. Predictability. Stability. Consistency. Safety in the norm. This isn’t about me telling you one is bad and one is good either. This is just how I see it.
With the other, you get the highs and lows. Sometimes you will go fast, and at times painfully slow. It’s exciting and it’s terrifying all at the same time and close together. In one moment, you will feel like you are on top of the world and at others, it will feel like your world is completely upside down.
This of course is the rollercoaster. It’s hard to be in this space because its not always predictable. Sure, you can guess at the top of the hill, you’re going to go down the hill. But, what a rush! Each time it feels a little different. Again, not a critique if your the rollercoaster type.
I cannot stand being on the merry-go-round some days. But, some days its exactly what I need to be on. To focus, to not be distracted by to many other experiences or sensory inputs.
There are times that the rollercoaster is where I need to live. Fast paced, living from breathless minute to the next. Being all in. The merry-go-round is slow enough you could hope off if you wanted. But, the rollercoaster? Once you’re on, you’re on for the ride unless you want to die. I need that at times. To be locked in and just let it take me.
That said, you could be both! Maybe that is the answer. Planning and strategically ensuring one fits for the task at hand. Maybe, even more than the other. Then you flex when the need demands it. You give yourself the best opportunity to be in both worlds. Options are great. You get a choice and that choice can best fit the situation.
Short post today. But that was a quote that struck me today and made me think a few minutes. Thanks for viewing and hope you have a great weekend!