Horses. Horses are the one thing that truly allows me to relax, to truly enjoy myself. The effect they have on my is like no other. There’s a special bond that’s formed between horse and girl, or really horse and anyone. You look into your horse’s eyes and it shows you what your soul looks like. It can surprise you, filling you with so many emotions that you didn’t know that you had. The feeling I get while actually riding is incomparable. The feeling I have can’t be matched. When I’m on the back of a horse, I feel invincible. Nothing can touch me. From the moment I climb on top of a horse and feel its feet move beneath me, slowly getting faster and faster, all of my troubles melt away. Beneath the pounding of the hooves on the ground, all of my worries, troubles, and stress are being trampled until they no longer exist. Riding makes me feel like an eagle soaring high in the sky. It gives me wings and sets my soul free.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 couldn’t have put it any better. We don’t know what our day will look like, or what the future holds. We may think that we know, but the reality is that we have no clue what it will bring. We don’t often understand what the purpose is of the unfortunate events that happen in our lives. Why should they happen? What purpose does that accomplish? Those are the questions often asked whether internally, externally or both. The hardest thing to do is to have faith and to believe that in our Forever Home, everything will make sense. All of the pieces of the puzzle will finally fit. This should be what gets us through the day, our light in the darkness. Our hope.
A wise man once told me, “You only die once, but you live every day.” This phrase has had such an impact on my view of life, as well as what that wise man is doing. Matt Littrell, a former Marine infantryman from Colorado is riding from Camp LeJeune, North Carolina to Camp Pendleton, California to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. For only knowing this man for a couple of days, he and the ride have impacted my life in more ways than I can describe. Just by sitting, talking, and listening to Matt talk about his beliefs and seeing how passionate he is about the ride has caused me to take a look at my own life and seriously reevaluate it.
I’ve come to realize that I need to take control of it and of my dreams. Our dreams aren’t just handed to us. We have to chase after them and work towards them. We control our future. No one else does, just like we control who we are. Everyone else’s opinions are just that. Opinions. We don’t have to accept them, we don’t have to like them, or acknowledge them. But we do need to acknowledge our dreams. We need to grab them in our hands and not let them go. Someone’s life should be worth something. It should be worth remembering, and not just spent twiddling thumbs and not making a difference. People can be impacted by so many different things…even if it’s just a simple smile or a hug given at the right moment.