Today’s prompt for the Blog-tember Challenge at Brave Love Blog is: Just for fun, share your latest obsession. What can you not get enough of these days?
I think this one is a little obvious. 🙂 I began taking private horseback riding lessons back in August and I find myself thinking about horses so frequently now! I shared about my riding lessons in my recent “Currently” post and I’ve put a few horse-related pics up on Instagram as well. So why the obsession? What makes riding lessons my new favorite thing?
I had a riding lesson on Tuesday after work, and I have to say, I was a completely different person on the drive home from my lesson than I was on the way there. So naturally, when I noticed this, I had to sort it out. Why did I feel so calm, so joyful? I felt as though I was finally breathing deeply – filled with a kind of peace and confidence that I hadn’t felt in a long time.
Here’s what I slowly realized (and I’m going to get rather honest here): I feel most anxious when I do not feel in control. And when I feel like I’m not in control of my circumstances, I struggle to trust and have confidence that things in life will turn out okay. (Can you tell what God’s been working with me on lately? 🙂 )
Enter horseback riding!
Riding allows me the opportunity to come into contact with such a majestic, large, powerful, noble creature. Horses are strong animals – there’s no question about whether or not they have the strength to do whatever they want. But they are also humble. The fact that God created such powerful creatures, that man could still lead and direct, is absolutely incredible. During my lesson on Tuesday, I got to spend time riding bareback (walking & trotting), in order to really get familiar with the horse’s movement, and to practice my posture. It was utterly amazing.
Words can’t truly describe the feeling of riding – and especially riding bareback. As the lesson went on, I felt so in tune with the horse’s warmth, motion, and power – yet I was leading and I was in control. And that’s what made all the difference. Being able to gently but firmly assert my authority and leadership over such a large, powerful animal brought about a powerful shift in my confidence. When I first started lessons, I signed up because I love being a lifelong learner and I thought horses were amazing creatures. Little did I know that way more would change about me than just my riding posture and ability to saddle a horse. I am so grateful for the changes I have seen in myself because of horseback riding, and I am so thankful for the opportunity that I have to learn about these incredible animals God created.
What activities in your life have brought you greater confidence??
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