I have been doing a lot of self evaluation these past days since my mini meltdown last week when I had a bad ride. I came up with some good resolutions to some of my quirks and my need to feel guilty about everything I do for myself. I think it all comes down to life being about experience. We all have lots of different levels of experience in all we do and all we are exposed to.
Take today for instance, I went down to have another lesson with Harley and Mike. I went in the evening which is not my normal routine but thought it would do me good. When I arrived there were three other people about to start their lessons. I listened intently while saddling Harley, this is not my strongest asset....I love to talk! But I digress.... turns out these folks were all just starting out riding two were probably in their twenties and one in his forties like me. We all rode in the arena together at our own pace with Mike and Corey helping all of us. The girl remarked at how good I looked and she wished she could get herself together and ride like me.... HA! I told her just a week ago I was ready to sell my horse and quit trying.. just kiddin he is NOT for sale. It got me to thinking thou. I have been riding for 30 years and I still feel like a beginner next to Mike and Corey , yet this girl thought I looked great. Ya know she was right, I am in my own experience looking great! I had a good lesson and made some real progress with the spins and my hands in general. I will try for pictures on Friday of Mike riding him so you all can live the experience with me! He got his beginner plates on today and I actually slid......about two feet..a small but good start. At least I managed to stay in the saddle correctly this time. I leave you with this quote I found today a good one for sure:
"Experience is what you gain from your own actions, Wisdom is what you gain from the experience of others."