Life is going to be hard. Success isn’t going to come easy, and anything you dream up might seem impossible to those around you, but it’s not. You might have to sacrifice going out with friends to be up early the next morning, or push aside a relationship to spend more time with your horses. You have to decide what you want in life and just how far you’d go or how hard you would work to get there.
Looking at the British Eventing schedule for the summer and planning when I would be returning back to Canada had me thinking. I have been away from home for almost 3 years. That’s a long time…
It’s harder than you think. You lose touch with friends and family even though you talk to them it’s not the same. I haven’t had the easiest time over here… I’m so lucky to have the support of everyone to have gotten me through some of the worst times of my life.
But I have also had some of the best times as well, days when I realized that everything I have given up or sacrificed to be where I am was worth it. Where the 3 am starts for competitions, managing 4 horses on my own with school, and working hard has payed off and made the littlest bit of success worth every tear or drop of sweat.
Being afraid of success or not putting in the effort with something you love whether it’s a sport or a commitment can haunt you. If you had just put in a bit more effort or tried one last time things could be different. Don’t make that mistake, give the extra 10 percent, take a chance on something or someone, work a bit harder because in the end it might just lead to everything you’ve hoped.