It is the very moments in the arena with a horse when I have been my most raw, real, and imperfect, that the magic happens.
The horses and I are most in sync, I am more in sync with myself, and I am not trying to be anything I am not. Nor do I need to be anything else.
I get to drop the mask. I get to just be me.
I get to show up, and feel more powerful than I did before I opened up. I get to be more authentic, and not try so damned hard all the time.
Researcher and author, Brene Brown says it best:
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
Showing up in the arena with a horse cuts through to what matters most.
“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make. Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience.”
- Brene Brown, Daring Greatly