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post #11 of 33 Old 06-05-2012, 11:54 PM
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Really? Thank you, Captian Obvious. Let me just jot that down with all the other stupid things you've said...*pulls out a full binder* Anything else you'd like to add to that? >-<

Buuut, that's just cause I'm mean. It's my natural defense against the stupids.
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post #12 of 33 Old 06-05-2012, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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I think it's jealousy! :)

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post #13 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 12:01 AM
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SCOFF. Who wouldn't be obsessed with all our awesome horses??

But hey. That's what HF is for, and I LOVE it.

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post #14 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 12:06 AM
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Tell them when people measure up to the high standards set by those same horses you're obsessed with, you'll have more time for them. But.....I'm kinda mean too!
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post #15 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 11:17 AM
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I have had allot of friends and family tell me that too, and instead of getting irratated I give a big smile and say "The word "obsession" doesn't even come close to the truth." Heehee, they give me a weird look and drop it
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post #16 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 11:20 AM
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I usually tell them that there's no greater feeling than havin that much power between your legs! Then walk away while their mouths drag the gound!!
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post #17 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 11:45 AM
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I hate sports, especially football. If someone tries to force their enthusiasm for it onto me, I tell them I'm not a fan.

OP, have you been forcing your horse enthusiasm onto people who don't want to hear about it? If so, then yes, you're coming across as obsessed.

Remember folks, what we find exciting, many other people find as interesting as watching paint dry. Don't try to force YOUR passion down THEIR throats.

Compassion and understanding are a two way street, y'all. If you're not showing sensitivity for someone else's disinterest, you're as bad as someone shouting sermons at people who don't want to hear them.

Snarky comebacks aren't necessary, nor warranted; just find someone who shares your passion and leave the people alone who don't.
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post #18 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 12:39 PM
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I agree with both sides. I surely don't enjoy when someone who is a fanatic about stamp collecting wants to go on and on about the latest 1982 stamp they found.

But, I take offense when I feel criticized for my feelings towards riding and my horse.

My husband recently called my time at the barn an obsession. To which I promptly responded,

I have an obsessive compulsive behavior. You knew that when you married me. I can spend time at the barn or at the casino. Which do you prefer?

yep. just what I expected.

I have also found that most people who use the word "obsessed" do so not because a person is boring them, but because they feel the person should have more than one interest. That if you only spend your time with one interest or hobby it is an obsession.

I have also discovered that the people who use the word obsession in regards to other people's hobbies tend to be "watchers" rather than "doers."

For example, I have never been told I am obsessed by another person who has a passion that requires either training or skill. People with a hobby that requires you to master something appreciate the hard work it takes to nurture a passion.
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post #19 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 12:51 PM
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Myy husband eats, sleeps and breathes diving. I don't call it an "obsession" but rather a passion, and I love that he has it. It is very one-sided though. We work in the diving world 24/7, and even our time off is taken up with diving.

But, if I say more that three sentences in a row about the horse, he tunes right out, or worse, starts mentioning how much money we would have except for the horse expense. That shuts me up pretty quick. I have learned that it is way better to keep my obsession with horses to myself, but it does get a little lonely sometimes.
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post #20 of 33 Old 06-06-2012, 01:34 PM
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I think the appropriate repsonses are -

"Yes, I am. Your point is?"

"Yes, but why do you say it like it's a bad thing?"

"Yes, horses and riding are my passion, so I am a little obsessed about horse care and riding."

But I'm assuming this comments are coming for someone who doesn't understand your focus or why you put your time and energy into your horse, not someone whose complaining that you monopolize the conversation with horse talk.
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