Roller Coasters Have Turned My Life Upside Down

Roller Coasters Have Turned My Life Upside Down

I never knew that roller coasters would have this big of an impact on me.
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I have been riding roller coasters since I reached the required height of 35”, and that forever changed my life. I never realized that these cars that traveled at high speeds along steel or wood track would become one of the most important aspects of my life. I love the feeling as the anticipation builds while waiting in line, and as it continues to build as the coaster car makes the trek up the lift hill; the feeling of seeing that first drop as we near the top, how my heart starts pounding; and how it feels when my heart drops to my stomach as we fly down the first drop. After that, I raise my hands and let gravity control the rest of the ride for me.

This isn’t a passion that I just developed on my own, but with the help of my dad. He was the one that really opened my eyes to everything roller coasters and even introduced me to the club - The American Coaster Enthusiasts. He has taken me to ride some very intense roller coasters that have helped me conquer my fear of going upside down. He has introduced me to roller coasters that defied everything that we are taught, such as wooden roller coasters cannot go upside down. He has introduced me to roller coasters that are not the greatest, but still something that is a “must ride” to be able to distinguish the good roller coasters from the bad ones. All of this has helped me not only create a bond between him and I, but a bond between me and all roller coasters.

Roller coasters have also taught me some life lessons. On a roller coaster ride, there are high points that whip down into low points, but bring you back up again, or around a corner just to flip you upside down and take you back to the station. Life is similar to that, with highs that become lows, but you never stay down for long. Something always happens to bring you back up. Some people see roller coasters, and life, as this scary thing, but I have conquered that fear. I have learned that we have to have lows so that we can have highs. Or maybe something happens that flips everything around, but we always land back on our feet again and we have a new perspective on everything. Sometimes, we aren’t expecting what comes next, but we have to take it as it is and keep going.

This lesson was a hard one for me to learn, but it is one that helps me through my life. Roller coasters are not only my passion, or how I answer the question, “what do you like to do for fun/what are your hobbies?, but how I handle things when life gets hard. I have learned that something better is always around the corner, whether it is a better coaster or a better aspect of the ride, but something is always there, waiting to be experienced. I have learned to stop being afraid and to start trying new things and experiencing everything that I can. It turns out that some of my favorite roller coasters are the ones that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy or the ones that I would have been too afraid to try. But I face my fears and try them anyway. Without roller coasters, my life may have been on a straight path, with no deviating from it, but instead, my life is full of flips and twists, highs and lows, and I am forever grateful for roller coasters for helping me find this path.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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