Saturday, March 15, 2008
Riding and Writing
I’ve been reflecting on the similarities of riding and writing. In my life, there’s never enough time for either. There’s always something else that doesn’t get done when I ride or write. And yet, there’s nothing that I enjoy more than riding and writing so against the odds, I keep on doing both.
Even the cost of a good computer and a good saddle are about the same. I’m longing for a new saddle right now. I’ve had a hard time finding one to fit Siete. Last summer, I borrowed a friend’s Bob Marshall tree-less saddle and tried it on my little round horse. She was very comfortable, and I think I could get used to that close-contact, almost bareback feel. It would fit both horses, although Silk already has a wonderful old cutting saddle that we both love. So, if I sold some of my writing, it would benefit my riding because I could buy the new saddle.
Riding and writing both require practice and patience. There can be extreme frustration due to inability to communicate clearly. They keep me humble and teach me to forgive myself rather than beat myself up for my mistakes. Riding and writing bring up all my insecurities, my resistance to change and my fears of failure. At the same time, when I get it right, either in the saddle or on the paper, I feel so proud and happy that it lights up my whole world.
I got an email from Barbara McNally, who used to publish a wonderful magazine called “A Real Life”. She quoted Gandhi, and although she was talking about writing, I took it to heart about riding as well:
"Whenever I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love always wins. Always. When you are in doubt if this is God's way, the way it is meant to be, remember that, and try again."