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Could someone please explain to me why some days are absolute bliss while others are like a rollercoaster that I just can’t get off? Sometimes they are a combination of both. Our family can go from a scene out of Everybody loves Raymond to 7th Heaven in five seconds flat.

The cast of 7th HeavenThe five principal characters during an argume...

Admittedly, there are days when I know I am the one responsible. I bought the tickets and willingly got on the ride. I take on too much and it all goes pear shaped. Other days I am the unwilling rider, pushed on by peer pressure and ‘scaredy cat’ taunts where I feel like I have to be ‘super mum’ and it’s all beyond my control. Never mind about ‘Mother guilt’. This is a whole different kettle of fish.

Upon pondering this theory of the rollercoaster of life, I have examined others’ take on it. Movies, books, poetry, songs, blogs and art give us many narratives on life. Here is a selection of my findings:

John Lennon, in Beautiful Boy, sang ‘Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans’.

Tom Cochrane sang “Life is a highway“.

In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks says, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’.

In the Hitch Hiker’s guide to the Universe, we find out that the meaning of life =42

Monty Python based a series of skits around The Meaning of Life.

The poet Langston Hughes wrote a poem titled, ‘Life is Fine’ and Sir WalterRaleigh wrote ‘Life’.

Ronan Keating sang ‘Life is a rollercoaster‘.

Ani Difranco is quoted as saying ‘ Life is a B movie: it’s stupid and it’s strange, it’s a directionless story, the dialogue is lame,but in the ‘he said she said’ sometimes’s there’s some poetry, if you can turn your back long enough and let it happen naturally’.

‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while,you could miss it’  – fromFerris Bueller’s Day Off.

‘Life is beautiful’ by Sixx:AM

‘Life is like a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can’ –  Unknown.

‘The secret of life is in art’ – Oscar Wilde.

‘Life is just one damned thing after another’ – Unknown.

‘An unexamined life is not worth living’ – Socrates.

Watch the movie ‘My life as a dog‘ directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

Jack Hardy said, ‘I hope life isn’t a big joke –  because I don’t get it’.

Last but not least is my favourite:

‘We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we just join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love’. Dr Suess.

From all this I decided the following formula for life and what to do when some days are rollercoasters:

  • Don’t make plans
  • Go on a road trip
  • Eat chocolate
  • Life begins at 42
  • Watch Monty Python because then all else seems sane
  • Read and write poetry as therapy
  • Don’t listen to Ronan Keating, he has no clue
  • Turn your back and watch B movies
  • When days are bliss – stop and look, if not – keep going…fast!
  • Get up at 6am then life will be beautiful
  • Throw paint as therapy
  • Enjoy art in all it’s forms because Oscar Wilde cannot be wrong and does not keep secrets
  • Don’t swear – it makes you bitter and unmemorable
  • Don’t undervalue a good examination of philosophy
  • Get a dog, play with a dog, be a dog
  • Make jokes to hide the fact you don’t have a clue, at least life is funny then
  • Read Dr Seuss. That guy had a clue.

For those of you that are visual learners I have included the following:


Comments on: "Life is a rollercoaster – and some days I just want to get off!" (20)

  1. my life has been nothing but a roller coaster, i go up and i come down and she never lets up. but, this is the amazing thing about life, it is so unpredictable. once we start to plan, life throws a detour. for me, every seemingly wrong turn has led me this beautiful life so unperfect, i have found perfection in the imperfections.

  2. and yesss i love Dr.Seuss!

  3. Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much.

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    • Scott, I write a lot of things down and when ideas hit me it is just an unstoppable force. I have to get the thoughts out. I have a notebook for all the little snippets and ideas. Eventually, the idea for a post just evolves from all my jottings and a theme emerges. Some posts take a while and others are quickies. It also depends on my day/time constraints.

  5. Loving the pictures, I might have to pinch a few. Is that ok?
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  6. Thanks! Go for it! I did enjoy your blog and will be following. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I love your quotes and your list. Yes, life is a lot of things and sometimes very uncertain! I think, although I’m a control freak and want everything planned and then all plans to be realised, in fact I would hate to have a completely predictable life. Thanks for coming by my blog!

  8. johnlmalone said:

    thanks for subscribing to my blog. I enjoyed yours: its wonderful catalogue of gems about life; some I had heard before; some were new and surprising

  9. If you’re having a bad day cheer yourself up by chewing the furniture, chasing a cat or widdling somewhere you know you shouldn’t; that’s what I do.

  10. I think the secret maybe is to just keep plodding forwards… I know what you mean though – sometimes it seems the universe is against you.

  11. yes on Dr. Seuss and bless you for not forgetting the much lamented Douglas Adams. My favorite bit about his version of the meaning of life? That the answer is meaningless unless you know the question – and the question and the answer cannot exist in the same universe. too much truth in that!

    • Welcome aboard epgirl 🙂 That man died waaaaaay too young. It is truly the best thing I have ever read about the meaning of life. Well, I’m in my PJs already so I guess I just have to go grab a towel now and hold on for the ride into 2012. Did you spot my deliberate error? I was hoping someone would pick it up!!! Thanks for reading and such a great reply. Happy New Year.

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