The merry-go-round keeps spinning.

I used to think life was a roller coaster with all its ups and downs but when I look back I see it’s really more of a merry-go-round that spins at different speeds.

Merry-go-rounds are always more enjoyable when you have someone to ride them with.  And then you need someone to push you.  You spin just enough to sit and enjoy your friends and watch the surroundings slowly spin by.  Life just happens and it feels like everything works.  Everyone is enjoying the ride.  Life is good.

Sometimes the person pushing is spinning you too fast.  You lose sight of your surroundings and the only thing you can do is to hold tight.  You focus everything on trying not to fall off.  It feels like the ride will never end and you aren’t sure if you have the strength to stay on .  You know your friends are there but things are moving too fast to enjoy them.  Life feels like it is speeding by and you are out of control.

Then the merry-go-round stops.  Your friends all leave. You can rest.  You can focus on yourself.  Contemplate where you want to go and who you want to ask to take the next ride.  But sit there alone too long and the merry-go-round begins to rust.  It gets harder and harder to get spinning again.  You begin to feel lonely.

You won’t always be on the merry-go-round.  Sometimes you will be asked to push someone else.  They will need you to help them find that sweet spot where life is good.  Maybe you will find a group of people who will help you out.  You can all take turns pushing and riding.

One thing is for sure the ride is yours. Whether you are riding or pushing it’s yours.  Your choices. Your rides.  Your friends.  Your life. Your future.

My merry-go-round has been one heck of a colorful ride.


Keep riding. 

15 thoughts on “KEEP RIDING

  1. Oh, yes, I like the merry-go-round idea much more than the roller coaster. Beautiful thoughts. Thanks. – We all do have a pretty good spin and ride going on around here. 😀


  2. Merry-go-rounds make me dizzy and last time I was on one, I fell off SO HARD I banged my knee and had a bruise for WEEKS!

    ALSO! I need, NEED to find my childhood photo albums, because your first picture, SERIOUSLY I did a huge double-take. And so did WonderAunty. And so did Mum. BECAUSE YOU AND ME ARE THE SAME!

    I love your photos, and I love that I know some of the wonderful people in them, and I love that I *am* one of the wonderful people in them, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE WONDERFUL YOU! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • I clicked over here today and also thought the first photo was you as a kid Lizzi! Love the idea of the merry go round Hasty (although irl I can’t stand them – always seems to be the thing at the playground that my kid gets hurt on…

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      • (also I get dizzy and feel very sick after being on a merry-go-round…but I still love them.

        I can remember years ago, when WonderAunty lived in Oxford, we would go to visit as a family, sometimes, and Sis and I would escape (our hearts torn between being WITH WonderAunty, and AWAY from Dad) to the playground across the street, where we would drape ourselves across the roundabout and push and whirl and spin and let the world blur…and we’d call a truce for the time we were there…and we’d talk and spin and talk and spin. Until it was dark and we got called back to warmth and light and the complications of being part of our family.)


  3. What a wonderful metaphor for life. I may need to borrow it occasionally! 🙂

    I haven’t been around WP much lately because my own personal merry-go-round has been whirling out of control. Things now have calmed somewhat, so I’m back. It’s good to see that you are still here and blogging.

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  4. While Surfing around on the Internet I found your blog and this article and I really like the merry-go-round as a metaphor for life. I would like to add, that you also Need someone, who catches you, if you fall down.
    Thank you for following me! 😀

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