This summer is going to be a whole
new experience for me with my new-found skills and attitude.
Maybe I don’t have to conquer the
world in a day. Maybe it’s OK to take
baby steps and actually relax a little in
the process. Maybe it’s OK that I’m not
the best at something. I’m good enough
to be safe and smart enough to know
my limits. And every day that I can leave
the barn with a smile is a huge success
as far as I’m concerned. There’s a reason
I’ve stayed in this game this long.
Sometimes your expectations for
yourself can become your own worst
enemy. I am stronger for having endured
the roadblocks. So, when you’re considering giving up the game, focus long
and hard on your reasons. Don’t give
up because it’s hard, and don’t ever
sell your saddle. Dust it off and get
bit more thought and home-
work. I have spent too much
time trying to please others
when it comes to my goals. I
now realize that I don’t have
to please anyone but myself,
and believe me, I’m my own
Perhaps someday I will make
it back in to that show arena,
but not until I am mentally and
physically ready for it and I can
convey that confidence to my
horse. This alone was a big discovery for me. I’m a loner when it comes to riding. I like
my one-on-one time with my horse.
I have also discovered and practice the art of positive self-talk. What a difference a
few words make. I am shutting those what-ifs off before my brain can even process the
images. I’m becoming quite good at it.
I picture success every time I get on my horse. I no longer feel the weight of expectations from others. I’ve started working with a very skilled instructor who specializes in
clients similar to myself. I can relax and go at my own speed. It’s a journey, not a race.
In retrospect, it’s hard to believe I was remotely willing to give up my passion.
up the game, focus
long and hard on your
reasons. Don’t give up
because it’s hard,
and don’t ever
sell your saddle.