Imagine an alien crashed to earth and we immediately put him on the roller coaster at Luna Park. As he got into the car he might think you were putting him in a space craft to take him back to Mars. As it inched its way to the top of the first hill he would prepare for take-off.
But then as the roller coaster began its first major descent he would start screaming: “This is not a space-craft — this is a death machine!”
And just when he thought his life was over the roller coaster car would hurtle upwards to the sky and he would imagine he was saved and was being launched into outer space.
An alien on a roller coaster would think that every descent leads to death and every ascent sends him towards his home among the stars.
But we know differently. Even though we scream with both terror and excitement on the roller coaster ride, in our hearts we know we are only on a ride and that neither death nor space travel are real options.
We know more about roller coasters than aliens do, but when it comes to following our dreams, we forget how things work.
One day you’ll be jumping with joy at the new breakthrough you’ve made and the next day you’ll want to crawl in bed for a week because of a huge problem you never saw coming.
You believe that every good thing will launch you into the heavens and every bad thing will plunge you into the depths of hell.
You forget that living a life of purpose and meaning is a series of ups and downs.
Don’t be that alien on the roller coaster imagining that the good stretch will go on forever or that a bad experience means you’re going to crash and burn. You know better than that.
We’re all on this coaster together, holding our hands in the air as we climb the steep hills and yelling like idiots on the way down. It’s an exhilarating journey that will produce amazing things, but only if you don’t throw yourself off the ride halfway through because you weren’t prepared for the constant ups and downs. — Bryan Allain
Celebrate the joy and ride out the pain — just don’t quit because you forget how the roller coaster of following your dreams works.
And by all means … feel free to scream!