Emotional roller coaster

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A roller coaster is a thrill ride that features extreme heights and sharp curves. If you think the only place you can encounter a roller coaster is at an amusement park, I have a different kind that we all experience in our lives: the emotional roller coaster.

An emotional roller coaster (also called a roller coaster or a roller coaster ride) is an English idiom used to describe an experience that involves many emotional highs and lows, or really good times alternating with really difficult times. The expression’s origin refers to the fact that a roller coaster ride has many steep climbs and falls, and riding one at high speed is both exciting and terrifying. It perfectly illustrates many of life’s experiences such as travel, getting married, having a baby, or changing jobs.

A situation or experience that alternates between making you feel excited, exhilarated, or happy and making you feel sad, disappointed, or desperate is an emotional roller coaster. What in your life has been an emotional roller coaster?

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