May 16, 2011

life is like a roller coaster

 Do you ever feel like life is a roller coaster? You have your high peaks and your low peaks. Just when you are settled, something else rattles you. Then just when you think you are at your wits end something always seems to work out.
I've felt this way lately. I'm at a place in my life where I can say that I'm happy, and yet, I feel like things have been so up and down. So many changes have taken place and I just don't know where to turn! I would have to say making a career change 6 months ago was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I went with my gut and I'm following my heart and I love being a freelancer.
The challenges I have faced always seem to work out, but I have to say the most challenging thing for me right now is that I feel like I'm never in one place for very long. I've been traveling back and forth between Utah and California, hoping to quite honestly get an engagement ring from my love and make some plans so I can be back into CA for good. I know these things will happen in all good time. I have to admit it's not the best image to be living with your parents at the age of 26, but I am considering it a gift to be with my family again temporarily because I know it won't last very much longer. I can honestly say they are my best friends and I wouldn't have it any other way. I find comfort spending time with them in the evenings and catching up on our favorite TV shows and even though I'm not as social I used to be I find that I am content. I also love the new friendships I have. I have learned that quantity does not equal quality. I am content being with my family and my close friends - the people who understand and love me the most and I find comfort in that.
Do you ever feel like that life just passes you by sometimes? When hard times come up it seems like life is going by so slowly and then when the good times arise life goes by so fast! If only we could come up with a happy medium -  a way to carefully store the good moments and the weed out the bad, and admittedly I would love owning a fast forward button for those bad moments. Owning a pause button for those super great moments would be like magic - if only that could take place. I suppose, however, that I wouldn't ever learn from the hard times if I didn't have them and that is what makes me who I am. I wouldn't take back the hard times because it opens new avenues to help those in need, learn more about myself, and how to change for the better.
 
But life as it is seems to be a never ending roller coaster. I think I am okay with this. I have to okay with this. You see - because you have to keep up with life or get left behind. You have to seize the moments of happiness and truly thank God for letting His face shine on yours. You even have to embrace the suffering and realize that it will all be worth it in the end. You have to choose to be happy, even when you don't feel it. You have to reach out to others before it's too late. You have to realize that your loved ones will pass on, like my grandpa, so you should take the opportunity and spend every moment that's available to you to be with them.
Life goes up and down, just like a roller coaster. When it all comes down to it in the end - I bet you will say it was worth it.

P.S. I find it comical that I actually don't like roller coasters that much - I only ride Space Mountain and Matterhorn at Disneyland! :P

27 comments :

  1. Life is definitely a roller coaster.
    Those first two photos of the roller coasters over water make me scared! I wouldn't be able to go on those ones.

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  2. I definitely feel the same way about life. Sometimes, I think it's the unknown that keeps us on our toes! I am glad you are happy... and I am hoping for that ring for you, too :)

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  3. I totally know how you feel dear! Such has been my life the last year! I think blogging has been one of the best things for me to be real, Ive made friends who love me, and Ive been able to vent on things I need to!
    XOXO

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  4. Love love love that last quote!

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  5. Yep. Gotta take the good with the bad, learn from it all and just roll with it. Not easy for Type As like ourselves, but I'd say you're doing juuust fine. Love you!

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  6. sounds like you have been busy glad things have worked out with your freelancing sometimes you have to just take a risk in life. i started my own business back in september & same as you I am glad I did it. Life really is like a rollercoster, so hang on tight & enjoy the ride

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  7. I know actually what you mean in this post. And I'm feeling the exact same way--there has been so many ups and downs for me too. This post really spoke to me, so thanks for sharing it! And I love roller coasters! And these quotes!

    xo, gina

    imaginable21.blogspot.com

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  8. I hope you get to go back to California soon sweet girl, I know what it is like to miss the west coast <3

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  9. Gotta enjoy the ride, right:)

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  10. Great post sweet girl. And yes life is a gigantic roller coaster. One that takes us places we would have not imagined - good or bad, happy or sad. And at least you go on Matterhorn and Space Mountain. LOL I don't even do those rides! Ridiculous me. :)

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  11. I definitely feel ya on this one. Great perspective, girlie. It's all about embracing the moments that go way too fast and not letting the dips get you down. I'm that way with my 30th bday coming up. I get very "ohmygawd I'm turning 30 and I'm not married and I dont own a home and omg.." But then I'm like "Calm down.. I'm happy. I'm doing well. I'm in a great relationship and life is good. patience, young grasshopper." haha.. ;)

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  12. Life is definitely a roller coaster: you never know what's around the bend, but sometimes it's better than what you left behind. So glad to hear you're happy.

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  13. I've been living at home this past year (until I go to school this fall) and I love it! I can relate about wishing you could pause the good moments. They go by way too fast.

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  14. Oh so true...what a ride this life is! (I thought about a poem I wrote when I was a kid...for English class and part of it says: "life is one big merry go round, one day you're up, the next you're down"...I got a good grade on it but the teacher wrote..in red ink..."depressing"! HA!
    Well, I guess you can look at it that way, or like your quote says "throw your hands up and enjoy it"~ :) Guess that's where trusting God enters in.

    I love the pictures you use, as always!
    Great post sweet friend! xo

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  15. Yes I feel like that all the time!

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  16. Absolutely. I hear ya Sister! Life can bum you out sometimes. I'm actually in a phase of that right now, just a wee bit downtrodden... trying to ride it out. Hang in there and I agree about the time with the Parents, it will be few and far between pretty soon, enjoy it. Xo

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  17. You totally just described life for me right now. Up and down!!! :)

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  18. I can totally relate to that feeling of the ups/downs. It's not to say the happiness isn't there. I guess it's what we must go through to appreciate the good times and those trying bad ones. Stay strong and I'm sure that you are on the right track. Great insightful post indeed! HUGS!

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  19. I loved this post, Sierra! I really would love to pause the good times. I remember feeling sooo happy, and it seemed like that time flew by....Then, it seemed like the work week lasted forever! I hate looking back sometimes because it makes me sad, but then I want to look back because I realize how happy I can be. I remember thinking my life was better than a dream, and I didn't want to sleep because my real life was better than a dream. This, too, will come to you, Sierra. When you get your ring, and it all comes together, your real life will be your dream. You'll be at the top, and the down times won't come nearly as often, adn they won't be as bad. It's going to come together for us. If not, we can rent a house in Florida, and be the golden girls.

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  20. Oh, I pushed publish too early!! I wanted to add that I'm so glad you're in a happy place now! :)

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  21. Fabulous post Sierra. I have to say that I agree with you. Life is at times a roller coaster but, it IS all apart of life and each of us becoming the fabulous people we are. Life sometimes does seem as though it just blows by you and your at a standstill...or I can relate to the top of the roller coaster ride before you go down and the wind is whipping around and there is a few seconds where you just teeter at the top...life DOES feel like this for me sometimes. However, it makes me a better person. I honestly feel everything in life happens for a reason.

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  22. Another wonderful post. I do hope that you get that ring and you will be able to stay in CA permanently. But you know we all have our ups and downs and changes in life. Or the waiting period, which is what I'm in right now.

    Make the most of living with your parents :)

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  23. Enjoy the ride, everyday is a gift! Live life =)
    Denice

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  24. Life is most definitely a roller coaster! The last quote that you posted has been on my blog several times!

    Although, life has some lows, I like to think that there are more highs that make me happy and outweigh the not so happy times :)

    XOXO

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  25. I agree 100%. But sometimes...the roller coaster is what makes it interesting, fun, and keeps us on our toes. It helps us learn not everything can be perfect. I think a roller coaster is a perfect description. Never knowing, but always knowing you will get home safe at the end of it. I love your writing. It just makes me smillllllle. And I'm so glad you found a job you really enjoy :)

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  26. Very inspirational post!! Hope all is well


    <3 Andrea

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  27. It is so strange how the happiest of moments seem to go so fast!

    Regarding getting engaged and just wanting some questions answered...

    I can't express to you how badly I wanted to be engaged. I was THAT girl. I had been with my husband since high school and knew it would happen when the timing was right. I was very patient and it did happen when it was the right time. I compared myself and my life to other friends, thinking if they were at a certain stage in life than I should be too but I'm so glad everything happend for us the way it did. I couldn't be happier and really think we would have struggled had we got married sooner.

    Everything truly happens for a reason.

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