PSA: Let the Good Times Roll

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When the ball is rolling, it’s easy to keep it rolling.

The hard part is when the ball isn’t rolling. When the ball isn’t rolling, there is no momentum, so it’s hard to get it going.

This is life. Anyone can keep rolling for at least a little while if they are already rolling. After all, there’s a saying that goes “let the good times roll.” This implies that little to no effort goes into keeping things rolling when they are currently rolling, which I’d say is true. You don’t have to be talented to keep things rolling.

Life can get tough, though, when the ball isn’t rolling. It’s tough to build up a head of steam again.

It’s like a car; if you watch the real-time miles per gallon gauge as you accelerate from 0 to 60, you’ll notice that the number hovers around 8 to 12 miles per gallon even if you accelerate slowly. However, once you reach 60 miles per hour, and hover around that number, you’ll notice that your car easily stays at 20 to 40 miles per gallon, far more efficient than during the acceleration process. This is because it’s easier to keep steady than it is to accelerate; it’s easier to keep things rolling than it is to start rolling.

As I sit here writing this, half-paralyzed by fear, fingers trembling, and heart racing due to the mistakes I’ve made on my blog, emails, and overall writing quality over the past week since I hit post #100, I cannot help but describe what I am currently going through in this way. Maybe you didn’t notice the errors, maybe you did.

In any case, things are, evidently, not rolling for me right now. Many different things hit me all at once this week, stopping my momentum, stopping my roll, in its tracks. That’s ok though because I’ve realized this is part of the process, and I have great friends to remind me of this as well. Sometimes … actually, many times … there are traffic lights that turn yellow and red when you least expect/want them to do so. After the stoppage, it’s time to accelerate again, even though it might be a rigorous process.

This is where I’m at; it’s time to get the ball rolling again.

On a side note: This blog, the love of my life, is, in a way, a publicized journal. In this way, it will not be perfect, and it has never been. It’s rough, and some of the entries suck, but that’s part of it. It exists, first and foremost, to sort through my own thoughts and be held accountable for them. Secondly, it exists to deliver the occasional relatable golden nugget to someone, somewhere; it might not always be your turn to relate to an entry, but if you’re patient, you might receive a golden nugget one day. If you are looking for perfection and are turned off at the most unsightly errors, please unsubscribe (it would bring me great comfort to know that the people receiving these don’t give one fuck about my mistakes) because my journal entries will continue to be rough (but hopefully not as rough as they’ve been in recent days). Also, if you have not seen the errors and have no idea what I’m talking about, then carry on, there is nothing to see here!

To getting the ball rolling again, and to constant and never-ending improvement,

Jordan Paris

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