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The Roller Coaster

Oh the things you think about while you are out running.
Maybe it was the heat, or maybe it was my mind simply wandering down the sidewalk with me but for some reason a part from the movie Parenthood entered my head.  If you have never seen the movie I would recommend that you see it.  It is one of those movies that has multiple parts that you can relate to about your life.  Plus it is also a feel good comedy movie.  Towards the end of the movie when Steve Martin was complaining about his life Helen Shaw who plays Grandma Buckman, tells this story; 

“You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.  Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!  I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”  (Borrowed from www.imdb.com)

I am still not sure if Grandma was simply telling a story to lighten up the situation or trying to show her wisdom.  But in the way that I interpret her story is that Roller Coaster and the merry-go-round refer to different styles of life.  If I had the chance to choose how my life would go I would choose the roller coaster.   All the hills, turns, going fast, slowing down, speeding up, drops, loops, raising your arms in excitement – that is what makes life interesting and fun.   Some people like their life to simply be the same thing every day, round and round they go at the same speed.  That is boring if you ask me.  Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed.  Take the risks that may give you great reward and happiness.   The risks that turn out in a negative way are a learning experience to take with you.   Plus never have any regrets in life.  Enjoy it as much as possible and surround yourself with people that feel the same way as you do.  It is much more interesting to climb that hill to see what is at the top then simply hear the story from someone that has already climbed it.  So I guess you could say that I have a lifetime admission to the roller coaster and I am thankful for this ride we call life. 


July 19, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. You still write very well, in ways I can see myself being there, or ways I can completely relate. I too would always choose the rollercoaster not matter the consequences. Every experience in life is something to take with you forever, whether it be something you liked and want to do again, something that didn\’t work that you can learn from, something or someone that teaches you something.. Everything no matter how small is worth every effort put in.

    Comment by Unknown | July 19, 2006 | Reply

  2. Be careful….there\’s nothing wrong with that merry-go-round.

    Comment by Downtown | July 20, 2006 | Reply

  3. I second that…enjoy the ride!

    Comment by Unknown | July 21, 2006 | Reply

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