Adventures are exciting and remarkable experiences capable of inspiration. They usually involve unknown risks and can even be dangerous.
In the midst, one might wonder - what will happen? And often that thought can generate fear which can have an adverse affect on the exciting, remarkable, inspiration aspect of the adventure.
I once read an interesting opinion about fear. It said, “Don't be afraid of your fears. They're there to let you know something is worth it.”
That made me wonder: Does fear have worth? Is fear valuable? Can it motivate? Can it inspire?
Can it be that Big Life Moments are achieved through fear...by fear...in fear...?
I remember being told: Don't be held back from reaching your full potential. Overcome. Do your Best. Be Positive. Have Confidence. Believe in Yourself. Don't succumb to your fears.
Fear implies loss of courage. An unpleasant emotion that can paralyze.
But an antonym of fear is guts. Guts implies digging deep down inside and mustering up courage that you didn't know you had. Turning your fear into positive energy that gets you moving.
One of John Wayne's quotes describes what having this quality looks like. "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” That tells it like it is. For people that ride horses, every day is an adventure and everyday requires guts and courage!
Barrel Racing is one of those adventures. Think about the counter balancing forces of gravity, friction, momentum and centrifugal force required so that the horse can negotiate the turn, while maintaining the maximum speed, without having his feet slip out from under him!
Think about that! That takes Guts - that's being scared to death and saddling up anyway!
Why do it? Because it’s an exciting, remarkable experience that inspires us to over come fear, to achieve big - life - moments.
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