Monday, May 4, 2009
Ritual # 10 Riding the ups and downs of life
Although part of yesterday at Magic Mountain/6 Flags I was slightly cursing my friend Monica's name for getting me into riding roller coasters I had a great time.
Monica's ritual for my b-day was ride the biggest roller coaster I could. What instantly came to mind was the roller coaster, Goliath at 6 Flags which has the biggest drop.
Check out the ride on the spinge tingling scary ride that is Goliath here:
The roller coaster ritual was more than just to have fun but a greater metaphor for life. Roller coaster is like life with its ups and downs. As you click up the hill you don't really know what will happen. You can't see past the tracks in front of you. How do you respond to those unforseen forces? Do you hold on tight with your eyes closed,clenching at the bar or do you throw up your arms in surrender. Do you let go of control of forces that are not in your ability to control. It was interesting to notice my reaction. I got nervous everytime getting on the ride. I am an eyes closed holding on for my life type of roller coaster rider. I tried to let go of some control and enjoy it more. This being symbolic of how I want to let go more in my life and enjoy the trip.
Brian and I also had a great time together as an added bonus. We got a chance to be silly and goofy with each other which is always great. We rode about 7-8 rides and went home tired but happy.
I hope that after this ritual I can start to approach challenges and surprises in my life with more curiousity/excitement/and a carefree attitude. The ride is what is important, not the destination.