When I was in college, my friend and I worked on a horse farm. I loved spending time there. I can’t name one thing I didn’t enjoy about that job.
Well…maybe I could have done without the horse manure!
In exchange for my help around the farm I was given free riding lessons.
After a couple of months the instructor told me I was ready to roam the property without her.
SERIOUSLY! AFTER A COUPLE OF MONTHS! OK, IF YOU SAY SO.
My friend rode with me every weekend. We had such a great time. We rode through the woods and on trails for hours. I felt very safe and in control. I never imagined anything would go wrong.
Never say never!
One day my horse got frightened and threw me off. The helmet I was wearing did not fit me correctly and it slipped off. I hit the ground hard and my head smacked against the dirt.
After a couple of weeks of swearing I would never get back on a horse, I decided to give it another chance.
The instructor put the horse on a lead shank so she would be able to control his actions if he tried to throw me off again.
Like a 120 pound woman can really control a horse with a rope! If he wanted to throw me he would have but I decided just to go with it.
After a few minuets of walking in circles I could feel my anxiety building. Before I knew it I was jumping off the side of the horse.
Literally, I jumped off of a moving horse. How that is better than getting thrown off I don’t know but it was the only thing I could come up with at the time!
I wanted off and I got off!
Before my fall, riding made me feel free and relaxed. I had no thoughts, no worries, no fear, and no stress while I was riding. I only felt joy. I want to be able to feel that again so I must not be afraid!
This summer I am going to get back on a horse!
I will ride again!
Challenge yourself and do something you never thought you would again. If you really love something don’t let fear get in the way.