I went on a trail ride today. About two hours at a brisk walk. While I was out there, I starting thinking, "What do I want out of this year?" Usually, I have a set of goals already thought out weeks before the new year. But there I was, on January 2nd, 2013, with only the vaguest idea.
I felt pretty good about last year, even though most of my competitive ambitions were superseded after the tie-up incident by my immediate goal of just getting back on the trail. But now we're back and healthy and (theoretically) there isn't anything we can't do. This will be my last full ride year before I head off to college... I guess it's time to take a chance and go for broke.
So I'm going to go for the big three of the junior open division: Junior Grand Champion, Junior High Average Horsemanship, and a Junior National Championship.
Chances are... Well, hard to say. At the end of it all, it's going to come down to luck and staying power.
Inevitably, I’m going to get discouraged and want to quit. I’ll decide that this is pointless; we’re no good and never will be, and we don’t belong in the game. My attitude is my main problem. All my problems are attitude problems. So this year, instead of focusing on correcting my horse, I’m going to correct myself.
This year, I will:
1.) Do hard things.
2.) Never waste a ride.
3.) Remember you only lose if you aren’t happy with what you did. Never do anything you wouldn’t be proud of.
4.) Never give up.
5.) Be proud.
6.) Be patient.
7.) Be quiet.
8.) Be appreciative.
9.) Give an unlimited number of chances, and always believe something good just might happen.
Happy New Year! I hope it's going to be the best.