Written by Adrienne Tan
“Life is a roller coaster ride,” it has ups and downs, it’s scary yet exciting, and it’s best to enjoy it. For anyone who’s a bit of an adrenalin junkie (and I think we all have the potential to be), there’s truth in this widely known metaphor.
Somewhere in between pressing deadlines, pending articles, and coming exams, I’m unwisely taking time off—time I barely have—to pause and actually ride with the thrilling bumps and gut-wrenching drops that the motion of life throws at each and every one of us. Unfortunately many tend to take for granted and simply dismiss as stress or just another stretch of busy days and longer nights.
Although I sometimes slack off when it comes to finishing tasks that have to be done, deep down I’m a bit of a workaholic in my own right. Because admittedly and absurd as it sounds, I actually like working. Well, right after I’ve procrastinated 90% of the given time. There’s this unique buzz you get from being busy, and that’s the buzz of being productive.
It’s that feeling after finally solving that math problem you spent half an hour on. It’s like that post-workout high when you know you’re gonna see the results on your body in two weeks despite the burn. It’s like that calm rush you get when you’re out of first gear and cruising smoothly on a traffic-free highway. And it’s the pat on the back you can finally give yourself when you’ve accomplished something no matter how big or small. It’s a bit of a love-hate relationship.
People tend to lose track of where they’re headed because they confuse productivity for stress. They see the boulders on a mountain instead of appreciating the view. But being busy, especially when you’re doing what you love, is one of the closest things out there to feeling alive. It’s not exactly calm bliss, but at least you’re moving closer towards the clouds you’ve built your dreams on.
To anyone feeling the weight of everyday ‘have to’s’ and ‘but I don’t want to’s’, remember that cheesy as it sounds, rainbows only do come after storms.
In the mean time, while we’re all being thrown up and inevitably pushed down by the laws of gravity in this ride called, life, try letting out a little scream. And if you dare to stretch your arms up and out, you’ll feel the wind disheveling your hair, running in between and past through your fingers. It’s going to be a feeling unlike any other.
So take a minute to ask yourself, what are the things that make you feel alive? Where are you going and why? Embrace that chase and enjoy the ride.