A few days ago marks our one year anniversary living here in the barn. What a (literal) ride it has been!
A few things I’ve learned so far along this ride:
Hold on, but not too hard –trust me, your horse will just run faster
Know how to ride –and know how to take a fall
Crying is okay –as long as you wait until you and your horse (child, boss, etc…) are safe and no one is watching 🙂
Be wise enough to walk away from any nonsense around you –running allowed
Focus on the positives –and soon the negatives are harder to see
Don’t take things too personally, even if it seems they are. Rarely do people do things because of you-they do things because of THEM –unless we’re talking horses and then that’s void, they are definetly doing it because of you!
Never mistake kindness for weakness –humans and horses. Believe me, a horse is powerful enough to hurt you but generally chooses not to
Do not come from a place of anger –a moment of breathing can change everything
There is a HUGE difference between aggressive and ASSERTIVE –again, breathe and stand in your confidence
Remember who you are at all times –see above
“Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction” –old cowboy saying
Always jump on for the ride, never say no to an adventure, live passionately –and learn all you can while the ride lasts
Watch out for barbed wire
And don’t forget to enjoy the scenery