That’s right- today is my 30th birthday~
I still feel like I’m 21, so it feels weird to be almost a decade older. They are right- the years do go by MUCH faster once you’re past 20 years old.
What have I learned, now that I’m 30? Some good things and some bad.
- Hangovers are practically nuclear now. Sorry body and brain!
- No relationship is a guarantee. Not your boyfriend, your horse, your friends or even your parents marriage.
- Education is overrated, but still something you have to check off the box for. Do it.
- Jobs are not a guarantee of happiness or success, and jobs are also VERY hard to get. Good ones even more so.
- Nobody has the right to treat you poorly. Don’t stand for it, and don’t stand by for it.
- Kindness gives back more than anything. Weirdly, the more you spend, the better off you will be for it, if it’s for the right reasons.
- Save well. Don’t be an idiot.
- Cars don’t last forever.
- Travel is always worth the money. You don’t get time back, you can always make money back.
- Always have pets. The money, sadness, heartbreak, angst and worry are worth it.
So, what am I doing now that I’m 30? Ha, nothing. Work today and my dressage lesson tonight.
This past weekend though, I spent with some good friends camping on the beach in Port Renfrew. We had a blast, it was smoking hot, and it reminded me of all the good times I’ve had over the years with them. Made me feel a bit nostalgic, actually!
And then I rode Oats on Sunday and it was HOT HOT HOT! We rode in the indoor- and I had to chase a deer out who was cooling his heels in the hog fuel, and then cooled out outdoors to escape the choking dust. Small victory: Got Oats to go through the gate to the outdoor while I was on his back! He can be weird about gates and is quite gate-sour, so it took a bit of trying, but I held my ‘zen’ and we got through fine.
Monday I rode him out in the field (small field, not gallop field) and worked on finding my distance from a very relaxed canter/two point position. Bad habits still abound: Sitting the last stride, hinging off my knee instead of pushing my foot forward, and elbows out. Still, it was really fun and he was very cooperative!