All my life, I’ve been a good long term planner. My college degree was a back up plan for a not-likely-to-pay-for-ponies passion, and my eventual career was a back up plan to the back up plan. I like to plan my vacations out with lots of research months in advance. I like to plan big spending items and I like to plan housing projects by quarter.
As we all know, horses are a little bit less hard to plan… but still I make attempts. Plan for the vet. Plan for lessons. Plan the show season.
Plan. Plan. Plan.
Right now, my life has been forced into a day to day situation. This makes my little planning brain run around like, “Oh me what me do now!?!”
So what do I do without planning?
I will ride my horse today, and stuff his face with cookies. I’ll wait to try and get a dressage trainer until things settle down a bit, but will continue my flat work and maybe even dress Simon up in some dressage tack for fun.
Of course, I’ll continue jumping lessons and trying to improve. The show let me know that we both need to work on our fitness. I also need to learn how to do “jumpery” things like roll backs and such at a jumper pace instead of my happy slow hunter one. I’ll work on those things in my lessons, and maybe I’ll start inching closer to the 3′.
If a show comes up that I want to do, I’ll do it. It might be a while though, because I’m saving pennies for my Europe trip next month.
The next few weekends are non-horse related, but that’s about all I know with my plan right now. I’ll try to take this as an opportunity to learn to be a bit more spontaneous, because really… you can’t plan everything.
If you’re a planner like me, how do you cope when the universe laughs in your face?