I have been quite fortunate that in my life, I have spent almost every single summer in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Southern Alberta, Canada. Every summer I was able to explore the great, magnificent outdoors and meet the tough, hardy and wonderful people that choose live out in the stunning yet often unforgiving countryside.
I learnt a great many lessons about life during the time I have spent in the mountains. As well as this I was also able to learn how to ride horses, interacting with ranchers and helping out as much as I could. I also ended up picking up much more knowledge than just how to ride a horse when I out on those ranches when I was younger.
For example it is often said by the ranchers, people who have ridden their entire lives and are incredibly talented, that no matter how talented you are as a rider, that you will in time fall off and eat the dirt. That it is not a matter of if you will fall off your horse, but a matter of when.
The other words of wisdom, words that usually follow the unsettling knowledge that in the future you will certainly end up headfirst in the dirt, state what you should do when that inevitably happens. Those words are simply “Get Back in the Saddle“. They tell you that you must pick yourself up off the ground, dust yourself off and clamber back onto your horse as soon as you can.
There is a reason for this of course. The reason being, if you do not get back in the saddle, that you may never be able to properly ride again. That in putting it off, that you may let the fear of falling off once more paralyse you from ever being able to get on a horse ever again. It also tells you that no matter how bruised you are and how much you ache, that you have it in you to keep on riding.
Of course these words of wisdom apply to much more than just horse riding. As after all, it is not just in riding that you can find yourself ending up sprawled on the ground with a mouthful of dirt. It can happen, both literally and metaphorically in every aspect of life and as with falling off a horse, it is not a matter of if but of when.
But for when you fall, no matter what it is that knocks you down, it is important to remember these wise words from the mountains of Canada. That if you do not want to live in fear, if you wish to be able to ride again and move forwards on your life’s path, it is essential that you dust yourself off and once again get back in the saddle.