Don’t be shy.
I went for a beach ride this past Saturday at Mar Vista Stable. It was breathtaking. The beach succulents that covered the cliffs were were green, tipped with orange, red and gold. Between that and the bit of exposed blue rock, the landscape was a massive rainbow.
One of the women in my party had never ridden a horse before. Her horse was having a bad day, kicking and bucking more than once in the midst of the herd. At the end of the day, she still went around to the other horses and introduced herself. One of them let her pet him, and eventually hug his head.
When she had to, she stayed on the horse, and didn’t cling to fear. She was open to the situation, whatever it was. Because she kept a level head, I did too when her horse spooked mine. It was positively inspiring.
We shy away from scary things. We resist exposure to situations that made us gun-shy. We shade our eyes and shield our souls behind “yes, but” and “I can’t” and “not now”—or worse “I’m not ready/worthy/credentialed.”
Forget that noise.
You are ready. You can be ready and scared. You can be ready and unprepared. You can be ready and full of doubt, because readiness is a state of mind. It is a commitment to the moment, and a decision to be present in your talent.
You are cleverer than you think.
You are more resilient than you dream.
You are tough as a nut, and your nuts are made of steel.
Whatever you’re trying to accomplish—no matter how distant or impossible it may seem—give it a shot. Fail. Lean on someone you trust. Rally. Then, try again.
Try try try. Don’t be shy.
“Better to light a candle than curse the darkness,”
― Chinese Proverb
“In chaos, there is fertility.”
― Anaïs Nin
Mar Vista Stable
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SATURDAY and SUNDAYS 9AM TILL 4PM
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