Don’t live for sunny days…

You can’t live your life around the weather, else you will always spend your time waiting. And time spent waiting is not time spent living. Horses teach us this lesson so well. You can’t only ride when the sun is shining, you can’t wait for those mythical perfect days, you just have to get out, no matter what. And pleasure doesn’t sit only in the perfect moments…

Pleasure sits in hacking in a summer rain storm, trickles of water running down your neck, and the noise of hooves on the wet road, as the steam rises gently from the warm fields. The scent of wet horse, and the swish of their soggy tails. The unexpected pleasures of a wet summer’s hack. Think what you miss if you only choose to live for the sunny days.

And waiting for the perfect scenario means you never do anything. Life is never perfect. There will always be a bit of grit in your oyster, a pebble in your shoe. Life isn’t about the perfect moments, it’s about finding joy in the imperfections of every day, it’s the beauty in the flaws, the joy in the oddness.

If you expect perfection you will always be disappointed, but if you set out to enjoy the moments for what they are, you will be fulfilled. So remember the next time it is raining, and you want to go hacking. Fun can be had in the strangest of ways, and maybe the joy of a wet hack will come back to on a hot, sultry day, sat in a office, wishing for a cool breeze. The memory of the sensation of your wet jods, and the sound of the raindrops falling from the trees above, will cool you far more successfully than the feeble breeze from your colleague’s fan…

 

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