Loop. — Immortalized in Stone

The Scenic Railway at Luna Park, Melbourne, is...
The Scenic Railway at Luna Park, Melbourne, is the world’s oldest continually-operating rollercoaster, built in 1912. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing or event from the last year of your life. What’s the statue of and what makes it so significant?

One roller coaster, please.

Buy a ticket. Get in line. Wait your turn. The anticipation builds. The butterflies start and you know this is going to be something. It starts out of the gate fast before you even fully get your strap buckled. You are still trying to buckle as you climb the steep incline quickly approaching the first hill coming fast. Then the first stomach wrenching drop…that seems to last so long you almost get used to the feeling of falling. It becomes the normal.

Then the loops. One after another. After. Another.

Then it does that corkscrew thing– going around and around. Lasting. Forever. You feel nauseous but you can’t get off. Your family is with you, watching your reactions, so you put on your brave face and act like everything is going just as you planned.

Then it comes to a screeching halt. But you can’t think straight as you step off. Can’t find your grounding right away. What just happened?! You never want to get on that thing again. What did you get from this experience? What did you learn from it? There must be a reason or a lesson learned.


Maybe not.

Maybe it was just one hellava ride.

It wasn’t all bad.  There were fun times along the way too. Laughter. Thrills. Squeals. Memorable Time with people you love. Shared experiences and intentions.

You survived the ride. And you learned a few things that you plan to do differently next time. Maybe you won’t waste any time waiting in line.  Maybe you will use your time in different ways. Maybe you will eat something healthy before you get on and leave the cotton candy for another day. Or maybe you wouldn’t change a thing and will just focus on the good that came from your turn on these tracks.

Because when it is said and done, you will always have this sculpture in the backyard — it will always be there– a reminder of the ride that was “2012”.

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