I have been crazy busy with pet sitting and my night time job, toss into the mixture a recurrence of my illness and it has made for an interesting four weeks. Pets and caring for them help keep me happy and now that I am caring for so many young animals my exercise regimen has increased. I would still like to get a mountain bike and bike around the shore.
With the recurrence of my illness I find happiness in horses. I love being around them, caring for them and loved with a capital L teaching riding on Sunday. I don’t know if cleaning stalls is old muscle memory for me but whenever I clean stalls it’s a meditative experience for me and deeply satisfying. At one farm I used to work at they would leave the water troughs for me to clean. I am a world champion gold medalist in trough cleaning. I would drink out of it myself when I finish cleaning it. And then teaching, when I was first approached years ago about doing it I fought it kicking and screaming. As I learned more about it and got more experience I grew to enjoy it. I would frustrate other trainers and teachers as I encouraged fun and taught positively. No yelling, no screaming, no put downs. Some fellow teachers would get bothered with me if I did not insist a beginning student post on the correct diagonal right away. I always felt it more important that the student learn to post the trot and be comfortable with it and then later on worry about diagonal. I taught on Sunday for the first time in years. It was wonderful, therapeutic and made me forget about my illness for the day.
Horses are good for the soul as are good friends. Only a few people were aware of the change in me and I value their observation. I hope to kick this soon. But in the meantime I am going to enjoy hanging out with the horses and pets. I am loving my new camera and hope to get more photos. And I look forward to teaching.
Are you looking forward to anything? Oh before I forget have you seen Venus at night not long after sunset and Jupiter before sunrise? They are so very bright in the sky.