I think that one of my favorite aspects of my chosen career path is seeing the self development of so many people, young and old. Horseback riding for me was a form of therapy during my pre-teen and teen years. The barn was a place where I was allowed to be me. Where "me" was accepted, cherished, a part of another family and team. I had valuable skills, talents & ideas that could be drawn upon in a multitude of situations. In contrast, my home, school and "friend" life, was filled with anger, sorrow, pain. I can say with 100% certainty that the horses were my ticket to success as a person. All I ever dreamt of was being a part of something more important and making a difference in peoples lives. I live that dream every day.
These past two weeks, I have had the priveledge to "parent" some of our young teens that are working and volunteering for our summer camps. I do say priveledged because I think this is a time most parents dread in their parenting career. What a tragic mentality. How fragile the teenage mind is. WIthout consistancy for these teens, their world shatters in an instant. I am so honored that they have allowed me into their lives and to help them through these formative years. I don't always agree with their actions, support their decisions or encourage their behaviors. I give praise where due, discipline where required and support always. We've had "Mother, Daughter" talks, cried, laughed, yelled. It's all a part of the journey.
I'm so honored to be a part of their support team and that I get to witness who these young women are developing into. Love you all!
ps. Sandi Hollas - Thank-you for being that Adult in my life. I will forever cherish your warmth, support, shoulder to cry on and advice. I only hope to be half the woman you are. <3