Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go back in time and whisper words of wisdom in the ear of my younger self. There are so many things I could say, so many warnings I could give, so many pieces of advice to share.
I could explain how there’ll be days when I wonder what in the world I’m doing. When I question why I willingly subjected myself to care for a 1,000 pound creature through -20 degree temperatures, hailstorms, hot summer droughts and bone-chilling blizzards.
I could warn myself about all of the different and contradicting advice I’ll receive. About how easy it is to get overwhelmed by all of the opinions out there telling you how to take care of your horse.
I could prepare myself for the disappointment. The colic. The falls. The weeks of practice that lead to feelings of failure when I place at the end of a class.
But most of all, I would remind myself to just enjoy my horse. I’d tell myself to not make it all about the competition results, the number of clients I have, the size of barn I build or the money I earn. How it’s so easy to lose sight of why I fell in love with horses in the first place.
But in the end, I always come to the same conclusion. Even if I could go back and share this advice with my inexperienced self, I wouldn’t. We all need to struggle. We need to discover some things on our own. We need to learn and grow.
So I guess my advice would really go something like this:
Dear Younger Me,
Embrace the adventure.