We all come to this earth and walk various paths of life. Lucky folks find the path set for their life journeys to be rather normal and the tracks run relatively close to the ground. Oh sure, even on these ‘normal’ paths, there still are bumps in the road. Everyone has them. No one gets through life unscathed. We all encounter those dreaded slings and arrows that The Bard whinged about.
Then there are others of us, who arrive on the planet, only to discover that Rand McNally and AAA colluded beforehand to play a joke on us to see how good we are at developing a sense of humor. In these instances, our TripTiks begin off the tracks, a few miles off the beaten path. But some of us like a little adventure, eh?
In these instances, rather than easing us into things by placing us on the kiddie coaster until we get ourselves acclimated to life, some of us split the womb and immediately get strapped into the front car of of the roller coaster to begin what turns out to be a lifelong fun-fest of plunging downhill and whipping around hairpin turns. Wheeee!
I’ll leave debating about whether such ‘interesting’ life events are predestined fates or simply artifacts of our own cause-and-effect-decision making to the philosophy majors and religion types. All I know is that I seemed to make my way through life perpetually finding myself in situations where my life path was anything but ‘normal’.
An example of this was a few years ago when a shocking and unexpected odyssey began for me. Because I had no idea it was coming, I didn’t handle it well. I fell to pieces, thereby providing ample fuel for the gossip mongers and holier-than-thou types. But hey, someone’s gotta provide the entertainment for Life’s Party, right?
Exactly. Ever the optimist, I believe there’s always a silver lining in every tragedy, if we take the time to look closely enough to find it. So, although I choked a bit on all the foamy water as I was circling the drain, I’m glad to report that by God’s grace, I ended up on the other side of the cataracts with my humor still very much intact.
Gotta love the video cameras on smart phones. Inserted below is a digital short that I’d say portrays my life’s journey.
The camera views going through the tunnels are perfect depictions of me not-so-skillfully navigating my sudden and unanticipated ‘changes’. LOL. But, as you hear at the end of the video, there’s that beautiful announcement: “You did it. You did it!”
Yep, despite my close encounter of the third kind with life-induced whiplash, I ended up leveled out—along with everyone else on Train One—back on the platform.
I have ridden this coaster hundreds of times in real life. I still think wooden coasters are, as they say, ‘the bomdiggity’.