Life is full of falling. I have fallen from horses, fallen from grace, fallen on hard times, fallen in love, and literally fallen flat on my face. The funny thing about falling is, it is inevitable. No matter what precautions you take, no matter what at some point you will fall.
Boo (my four year old eldest daughter) had her first fall from a horse a few weeks ago. We were at a horseshow and she was riding her Dunn horse, Romeo in the arena warming up. I looked up in horror as she raised her riding crop and smacked her horse on the butt with all the strength her little string bean arms could muster. Of course her faithful steed began trotting, just doing what he was asked. The problem is Boo didn’t have her feet in the stirrups and wasn’t prepared for the rapid change in movement….so it happened…you guessed it….The inevitable fall. She cried a bit as I checked her over and several concerned friends helped catch her horse and get her set back on her feet. She dutifully got back on board her horse after we talked about what happened. She said ,”mom I just wanted to trot, I just wanted to go faster!” I told her yes its ok to go faster but you have to set your feet and be ready for it. She smiled with dirt in her teeth and proudly told her grandma who came to watch her conpete, “I ride broncs now grandma.”
For all the falling I have experienced in life, the same basic thing rings true. It’s not that you experience the inevitable falls, it’s the fact that you get up and go on learning from them. It’s learning to get up no matter what and go on living with your head held high knowing you are bettered from it. Because no matter what precautions you take….it will happen….The inevitable fall.