This I Believe

Emily - Wichita, Kansas
Entered on November 15, 2006
Age Group: Under 18

Imagine a world without stress and worry. A world where you can think for yourself – about yourself. A world without problems and drama. This is the world I enter every time I ride my horses. Being on horseback is like a dream, my mind is clear and I feel nothing but the horse beneath me. I feel like I can accomplish anything- and I can, be it jumping over a six-foot fence or running so fast that tears stream down my face. I feel free, yet bonded to the horse. The horse is part of me and I become part of her. The feeling of such a freedom and a relationship is indescribable. Anytime I have troubles at school or home, all I have to do is talk to my horses. Not only do they listen, but also they don’t have anything to say back.

I believe that horses complete my life. Without them I’d be lost and distressed. I’m not trying to say that everyone needs a horse, just a way to escape. I believe that everyone should find what their sole craves. It could be playing the piano or going for a run. My passion just happens to be swinging up on the back of a horse. If everyone could find their own missing part, they could be content.

It’s not necessarily doing something physical, it’s escaping reality… entering a world of your own. Once you leave behind stress and worries, you can think with a clear mind. I’ve been able to solve problems, figure out relationships, even do math on my horse. However, once I leave the barn, I slip back down into reality and everything returns to normal. But, after being around my horses, I can look at life and everything it throws at me in a different way. I’m more understanding and open-minded. When someone makes me really angry, I go out to the barn. I do this so I don’t say something I regret. After riding, I am able to understand their stance and situation. I can evaluate things and really think about what needs to be done.

I believe that when someone finds their “escape path,” they become a different, more enjoyable person. I know this is true of myself. Like I said, not everyone should ride, but the simple passions are what cur