A look back
|February 22, 2012||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
I’m compiling posts from my blog for a project, starting with the first season that I blogged – 2009. I’m 3 months into the 2009 season and I’m blown away by the sheer number of exciting things that happened. It’s like a fictional novel. I buy a new truck, go on rides, do my first ride over 50 miles, and decide to try hoof boots. I had a set back during 20 MT 65 miler with a slight reinjury of the tendon (mmm……me thinketh sandy rides are NOT our thing!), started to tell the story of who my 2 horses are, and drove Minx on a cart for the first time.
I’ve gotten to the point where Minx died, and I have to admit that I’m stopping here for the night. I just can’t bear to go through it again tonight. There’s something very raw about seeing life unfold in front of your eyes, and it’s a process that is very well captured by blogging. As I’m compiling posts I’m doing a quick review and I had so many plans for her. I ordered hind boots days before she died, not knowing she would be dead by the time they arrived. So, for tonight, I’m pausing at the end of March, when she was still alive.
On a happier note – I’m finding all sorts of valuable nuggets of ideas in my old posts. I was on the right track and it seems the foundation work never changes. I was entertained by one of my comments where I say I want to complete Tevis before “going back to school”. Never mind that I hadn’t decided when and where and how I was going back – I guess even then I knew what was destined to happen!!!!!!
Have you gone through your old posts lately? Are you surprised by anything? I tend to remember myself bumbling through those years like a lucky idiot, but as I read my posts, I’m actually quite impressed with myself. Hind sight is 20/20 and while I can sit in my recliner now and second guess my past choices, after rereading the posts that were written DURING that period, I can’t argue with my decisions – I was making the best decisions I could, using the information I had available to me.
THAT is the most valuable part of blogging – the ability to communicate to others IN THE MOMENT what it was like at that SPECIFIC time. It’s nigh impossible to go back and write a narrative of that moment with the benefit of hind sight……