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Carousel Dreams

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

If you know me even a little bit, you can guess that I love . . .LOVE . . .carousels! I love the lights, the music, the horses. . . I still like to get on a carousel at the park. As a little girl it was the first thing I would race to when we went to the fair. If there wasn't a line I would just stay on the horse and ride it again and again.

Bright, shiny, bling, bling! What it not to love about that!

If there was a line, I would wait with anticipation of it being my turn to ride the horse of my dreams. I would spy out THE one that I wanted to ride and keep my eye on it. I could visualize what it would be like to sit up on that tall horse. As the carousel came to a stop I would have my eye locked on 'my horse' and the quickest path to my intended target.

Beautiful, strong, graceful . . . this is my horse. I want it, I've had my eye on it while I stood in line. I dreamed about what it would be like to mount up on this horse.

As I get closer to my intended target, another horse that I hadn't even seen, it wasn't as blingy or shiny. But something about this horse has caught my eye. There is a potential here to have a different kind of ride than the ride I have had the other times.

So, what do I do. Do I ride the white horse because it was my intended target, the one that I dreamed of, the one that I had already visualized what I looked like and what it felt like to be on that horse.


Do I saddle up on the other horse, the unknown and take my chances on a totally new opportunity? In the mood for adventure I jump up onto the brown horse. I like it! It's a little higher than the horse I usually sit on. I have a different view from here.

While on my brown horse riding it like no other little girl every has, I spy some other horses that I have never seen from the position on the white horse. When the ride stops, there is no line, so I'm asked it I want to ride again!


Yes, I do!

But, before the ride starts I decide to switch to another horse

Who knows what opportunities this ride might bring!!! I might get a chance to try out each horse and never have to settle for just one ever again.

This could be the perfect ride . . .

for now . . .

until the next perfect ride . . .

Each time is a new opportunity to fulfill my dreams in a new and different way. No one else can do a Carolyn Carousel ride better than me. But, I can't do a YOU carousel ride better than you! Choose your ride, mount up and ride it for all it's worth! It's all you!

Dream it!

Do it!

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    Thank you...once again!
    3424 days ago
    Wonderful imagery both in pictures and words. I will try to remember to enjoy the ride I am on and take the next ride as it comes. emoticon for this blog.
    3424 days ago
    I just loved this! Such good advise for us all. Thank you for sharing.
    3424 days ago
    This was beautiful, creative, inspiring, and a complete joy to read! I wish I had a favorites list for blogs....this one is a keeper!
    3424 days ago
    Great blog and analogy for many woman to relate too. As soon as I saw the pictures of the carousel, it reminded of my 5 yr old daughter who runs straight for them as soon as we get to a fair as well. :)
    3424 days ago
  • TWALKER0475
    You have drawn a beautiful analogy with the carousel horses! This is the way I've been looking at my fitness goals lately...for a couple years I used half marathons, a marathon, a triathlon, to give myself something to work towards and keep the fitness journey fresh and exciting. Due to various circumstances I need to cut way back on races...but there are other fitness goals I can pursue out there, I need not define myself as a "runner" or "triathlete" to be fit, healthy and happy. And it doesn't mean I will never ride the "race" carousel horse again, I will just be trying out some of the other pretty horses and finding different things to enjoy about the experience.
    3424 days ago
    What a blog Carolyn I love the way you compare and it and take more chances. Keep up the hardwork and dedication. I did a carosel last spring with the kids at the zoo. It was so much fun miss being a kid lol.
    3424 days ago
    This is awesome, I love the analogy, and I adore carousels!
    3424 days ago
    Many times we have been to Cedar Point and my kids always thought i was silly to want to ride the carousel! Excellent analogy, thanks for your words of enocuragement!

    Dani- love your comments too, i had forgotten about that brass ring!

    and as Cedar Point always says........" RIDE ON! emoticon
    3424 days ago
    Wow...powerful and wonderful blog! emoticon
    3425 days ago
    Love that blog, Carolyn!
    3425 days ago
    I have loved carousels for as long as I can remember, the horses always made me feel free to be anything for just that moment....love them. I will never again look at one without being inspired to take on life for all it is worth...and enjoy the ride : ) Love this blog so much...as always...thank you Carolyn!
    3425 days ago
    Even when I was a little girl, I loved carousel horses, but when I read The Catcher in the Rye in high school, I fell in love even more. Did you know that older carousels used to have a stationary brass ring? As the children rode by, they would reach up and try to grab it. That brass ring became so symbolic to me...the concept of actually reaching for your dreams. I think that as children, we are innocent and unafraid, but as we grow older we become scared that we might fall off, or even be embarassed if we don't reach the ring in front of onlookers and other riders that we don't even try.

    Hope that makes you love them even more!
    3425 days ago
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