“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” ― Sigmund Freud
I think about this concept a lot and the saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Someone told me once there are no good experiences or bad experiences only learning experiences. I am starting a bunch of young horses this year and I was talking to a young woman who works for me today about how every fall when I get on the first horse for the first time I still get butterflies. Over the years I can remember the times I fell off more than the times it went great. Those were the biggest learning experiences.
I am listening to Anthony Robbins, “Money, Master the Game.” It made me think of the bad decisions I made with credit cards when I was younger and where I could be now if I didn’t spend foolishly. It also reminds me of the good decisions I made and the outcomes of those.
Everyone says enjoy the journey, but I think it should be find joy in the journey. We all are learning as we go and hope we aren’t screwing it up. Whether breaking horses, managing money or deciding what you should do next, don’t sweat it. Just do it. Learning is the fun part.