Things I've Learned About Life From The Back Of A Horse...
This picture has nothing to do with tonights post, but I like it. And I had no other photos from today, which is what I am writing about. It should probably have a caption.
Today was all about Horses. Rode Dim, who is doing very well indeed, in the ring this morning. I really love that horse. He's going to be lovely. He learns. I learn. After that we went and trailored some Horses, me, Mel, Al and Jen, and went to what might be the coolest park ever, some ways away, for a little of what I like to call "Extreme Trail Riding"
Oh, I keep up with them. More or less. And I learn. The last time I rode with them, I learned about Really Big Hills, and how to get up them. And down. Today I learned about Bucking. That, for you non-horse people out there means the back end of the horse goes UP, while kicking. I learned about a little maneuver I like to call "Swear and Spin" which is what you do when they Buck. They didn't tell me to swear, just to spin the horse around and get after her. I got the swearing part all on my own. Came naturally, my horse repeatedly bucking while on a narrow trail, down a Steep Hill.
I learn a lot about riding. Every time I ride.
I learn a lot about life too. There are things you need to know:
Ride with people you trust. And ride Hard.
Sometimes there are going to be Really Big Hills. Go up them. Or down.
Make sure you notice how beautiful it is around you. And where there might be danger. Watch for both. All the time.
Fuck Fear. There's no room for it. Keep your heels down, sit back on your butt and remember everything you've learned. There is no place for fear. It can stop you. Face it. Head on. It makes you very, very much stronger. Put it away and go for it.
Whatever it is.
You want this feeling. Trust me.
Amanda gets it. And put it perfectly on her blog last fall. I never forgot what she said at the time. Neither should you.
i am not afraid.
i rock on purpose ALL THE TIME
That's really it, isn't it? Rock, Ride, Write, Scream on purpose. All the time.
Love and Fuck Fear,