I’ve never been a fan of roller coasters. Their mechanical uncertainty and unnatural defying of gravity worries me. I’ve only been on 2 in my life, but I’ve been on my third for several years now. Entrepreneurship is the most intense of roller coasters. Sometimes I’m high high high, conquering everything and feeling unstoppable, and minutes later I’m at the lowest point- head in my hands, tears welling up in my eyes while I figure out what kind of mechanical fixes will put the track back in place and allow me to climb again. If I’m being transparent, it’s so fucking hard. The sacrifices, the uncertainty, the rice and beans and ramen, the 5am starts and midnight finishes. Today I didn’t brush my teeth and never put on a bra because my “while breakfast cooks” email, turned in to 7 hours of putting out fires. But when I figure out how to solve the problems, and the people around me help to repair the broken track and put the carts back in place, I can climb back up with more and more momentum, unsure of how far away the top is or what it might look like, but with the support in place to get there. Today I’m repairing some major wreckages on the track. But tomorrow I will climb. And when I get to the top again, I know it will be glorious.