What seems like 100 years ago ( I was still a youngster) I was at a training barn with this old Russian lady as the instructor. She gave riding lessons to whoever walked into the barn. Her background was dressage but she dabbled in most disciplines. While I was there, this late 50's early 60's year old man came in to "learn to ride and fulfill his lifelong dream" There were so many whispers from the young whipper snappers. I remember looking at him and thinking him inspiring that he didn't give up his dream. There was a lovely Saddlebred in the barn that was for advanced riders only. She was a strong horse and had a LOT of get up and go. Let's just say, she was a challenge for anyone but very fancy. A few weeks later, I moved my horses from that barn to another show barn and sort of lost track of things going on at that old barn. That summer there was a show I went to and was so happily surprised to see that older gentleman at the show. What was even more exciting to me was to see that he was riding that Saddlebred that was so full of herself. He didn't win the class but he RODE that horse and he did great. He didn't give up, he fulfilled his lifelong dream. How many people continue to dream without making the dreams come true?
I would be willing to bet that man had many days that he thought... I can't do it. I am so happy that on each of those days, the voice that said "I CAN" was louder.
God has blessed you to give you the courage to fulfill YOUR dream and to enjoy the ride. I am so happy that you had an inspirational turning point in your ride. Keep up the great work.