Lessons from riding

Relatively early in my blog I wrote a post about ways horseback riding was helping me. I was feeling a need to put everything in concrete, quantifiable terms and I wanted to relate everything I wrote about back to Asperger’s in some way. Since then my thinking has evolved and broadened, and so has my blog. So I figured I’d throw together a brief list of more general lessons I’ve gotten from my horseback riding. (To be fair, I’ve gotten similar lessons from my time spent rock climbing, and from crafting. I imagine anything you do to really challenge yourself would apply)

When you mess up, you get to learn.

When you mess up, you get to practice correcting.

Really, messing up is just a great way to learn new skills in general.

Sometimes things are scary. They just might also be awesome.

Getting it right doesn’t matter nearly as much as continuing to work and try.

You’ll pretty much never get it right on the first try. Keep at it.

Improvement is incremental. Be patient.

The pace you learn at is the pace you learn at. Don’t compare yourself to others – just keep on working and learning and doing the best you can.

If you’re not messing up, you aren’t pushing yourself forward (or more succinctly: fall trying).

Get back on the horse. Always get back on the horse.

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  1. Jo Kleinmann Wood

    I love this. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  2. Get back on the horse. Always get back on the horse.

    I remember that one as rule number one when I used to ride as a kid. “If you don’t get back on the horse immediately [after falling off] you’ll become afraid of riding and never get on a horse again”.

    Another rule I heard a lot was “You won’t become a good rider until you have fallen off a horse at least 100 times”. A way to console kids who were falling off a lot.

  3. I also like your original post about horse riding very much… it is a good idea to bring some renewed attention to it.