Acccckkk! It’s my day to blog! Who knew…besides all my blogging sisters…sorry blogging sisters. But I have a good excuse…kind of. I just spent five days at my year end Championship Horse Show and totally lost track of the real world.
So here’s my topic of the day: tenacity. You see, my daughter and I have done everything imaginable with this horse. In fact, we’ve been competing in this particular show (the largest all breed horse show in the United States) for more than a decade. It’s frustrating, exhilarating, stressful, and grueling. And for all that frustration, exhilaration, stress, and gruel, we have never come home with a single ribbon…until this year.
This year, after SEVENTEEN years of training (seventeen YEARS), my boy, Sagacious Sage, earned two ninth place ribbons. Now I realize that ninth place doesn’t sound that great, but there are nearly two thousand horses at this show and my horse…well my horse has spent a lot of years being crazy. And a lot of years driving us crazy. And I realize now that if we had, at some point in these seventeen crazy years, sent him out for professional training, the win wouldn’t be the same. It wouldn’t mean as much. It’s the time, the effort, the love, the pain (physical and emotional) that make it so valuable to me.
And while I’m on the topic, I realize that everything in my life is more important if I work for it. Writing, for instance…I had at least a hundred rejections before I sold my first book and I’ll probably have another hundred before I sell my last. But if you love something…hell…you might as well stick with it because if your passion isn’t worth your time what is?
So how about you? What’s worth a couple decades of blood, sweat, and tears?