The merry-go-round keeps spinning.
I used to think life was a roller coaster with all its ups and downs but when I look back I see it’s really more of a merry-go-round that spins at different speeds.
Merry-go-rounds are always more enjoyable when you have someone to ride them with. And then you need someone to push you. You spin just enough to sit and enjoy your friends and watch the surroundings slowly spin by. Life just happens and it feels like everything works. Everyone is enjoying the ride. Life is good.
Sometimes the person pushing is spinning you too fast. You lose sight of your surroundings and the only thing you can do is to hold tight. You focus everything on trying not to fall off. It feels like the ride will never end and you aren’t sure if you have the strength to stay on . You know your friends are there but things are moving too fast to enjoy them. Life feels like it is speeding by and you are out of control.
Then the merry-go-round stops. Your friends all leave. You can rest. You can focus on yourself. Contemplate where you want to go and who you want to ask to take the next ride. But sit there alone too long and the merry-go-round begins to rust. It gets harder and harder to get spinning again. You begin to feel lonely.
You won’t always be on the merry-go-round. Sometimes you will be asked to push someone else. They will need you to help them find that sweet spot where life is good. Maybe you will find a group of people who will help you out. You can all take turns pushing and riding.
One thing is for sure the ride is yours. Whether you are riding or pushing it’s yours. Your choices. Your rides. Your friends. Your life. Your future.
My merry-go-round has been one heck of a colorful ride.