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In the Moment When I’m on some drive that never seems to end, I choose not to get gas in an obvious moment and the sky is clear and then I NEED gas and it’s pouring rain and freezing and I’m not sure if I can make it home. Then I crack and buy an energy drink or Diet Coke, both of which I know are horrible for me and expensive and stupid. I get back in the car and I can’t even. Cold, wet, freezing, overwhelmed, wanting to cry, and I guilt trip my impulses for not taking good care of me. Back on the road, I blast the heaters, savor every sip of regret, and start to look forward. I think about where we are, who I get to work with, what I saw at the horse show, and give a smile. It’s just a hint at first, just at the corner of my mouth. The more I think, the more it grows. The more it grows, the more I can’t suppress what I actually feel. I love my job. I love to work. And I love to wake up everyday and do it. Soon, I’m laughing. So grateful, the emotion could turn to tears. I think about the many years spent at the barn with all the special horses, with my family, and the trips all over the world. My life is, and always will be, all about the horse. But, while it’s always been all about the horse for me, I don’t actually get to spend enough time with horses. I work on photo spreads, answer emails, attend meetings, and promote horsemanship, but my daily cuddles are non-existent and I was super proud to, you know, go to the barn more times than I have fingers this year.

Sometimes, I get lost. I lose sight of what we are doing here and where I was headed with such ferocity.

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