Don’t Worry . . . at Least not so Much!


This was my very first cross country course. Don't you love that "approved" helmet! You can't tell from the photo but it was bright blue.
This was my very first cross country course. Don’t you love that “approved” helmet! You can’t tell from the photo but it was bright blue. This was back in the days when I didn’t worry very much about jumping.

At the beginning of January, my friend Suzanne (Confessions of an AA Event Rider and Convicted Overthinker) wrote about her New Year’s intention (not resolution!) to “let go of worrying so much!”

It got me thinking that I’ve been worrying too much, too. I worry about jumping fences that ten years ago I would have considered “easy.” I worry that one of my horses will get injured while trailering. I worry that if I fall, I will get hurt to the point where I can’t keep all the other balls in my life in the air.

I think some worrying is healthy. There were definitely times in my life when I didn’t worry enough.

I think some worrying is justified (Zelda falling in the trailer last year was horrifying and I don’t ever want to have that happen again). I worry that if I have a fall I will end up hurt. It seems more likely now than it did twenty years ago when the ground was softer.

But too much worrying can stop you from enjoying life.

So I’m going to take inspiration from Suzanne and try not to worry quite so much.

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Worry . . . at Least not so Much!

  1. I worry about this kind of stuff too. my horse became brave last year, so I think I worry less! He started really being a jumping horse. Yes, I still fall off, but after really hurting my shoulder and being out for 3 months, I know fall on my back. go figure, I think this is worth the worry

  2. Pingback: Don’t Worry . . . at Least not so Much! | Att försöka bli bra på fälttävlan

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