In everyday life, people are constantly wasting their time doing things that they donʻt want to do; things that donʻt make them happy. We just go to our jobs to get the money. We just go to school for education, but it isnʻt really what we want to do. Thatʻs not what makes us happiest. “A Coney Island Life” by James L Weil is about doing what makes you happy for as long as you possibly can. The poem talks about doing more of what you really want to do until you canʻt do it anymore.
Making the most of our life is important, so that we donʻt live with any regrets. The poem states, “I take perhaps my last ride on this planet carousel.” The person knows that this ride might be his last, but he wants to make the most of it. They also knows that time is running short. With time running short and wanting to make the most of everything, we tend to do things that make us happy. We do that because we know we donʻt have a lot of time so we experience as much as we can. This poem also mentions, “How many more times round I have to catch that brass-ring-sun” The brass-ring-sun is a keyword for one last ride that would be free of charge. This line indicates how he wants to ride again, and catching the brass-ring-sun is the only way he would receive the opportunity. This last ride is important for him because this is the only way that he will be able to do what makes him happy for a little longer. These parts of the poem tells the audience to make use of all the time that we have left here to experience everything we can. To do what makes us fully satisfied.
This poem also talks about how we have so little time to do everything we want. It says, “Now arms filled with dolls I threw so much for” The person is realizing that they donʻt really want the dolls. The dolls donʻt keep them satisfied anymore, and thereʻs something else that they want instead. He wants to experience something more. He wants to do more of what is making him happy but he realized it too late. This line in the poem tells the readers that this person might be feeling like they wasted their time and effort when they could have been spending it on something that made them happier. The poem also mentions, “And seen my helium hopes break skyward without me” Everything that they had hoped and wished for had been lost because he ended up not getting it back. It also tells the audience about lost opportunities, because his hopes and dreams left him behind. This is possibly because he didnʻt pay attention to his hopes and dreams. He was probably too focused on something else that he wasnʻt paying enough attention to doing what he actually loves. Concluding everything, thereʻs so little time left.
Wrapping all of it up, the poem is telling us that we shouldnʻt dwell on one thing, because something else could have made us happier. We should do more of what makes us happy, and less of what we feel obligated to do. In the end, if we donʻt do what makes us happy, we will run out of time being filled with regrets, “what ifs” and lost dreams.