I am in college for one reason, and for one reason only. I am in college to learn to do what I love most in this world: work with horses. That does not necessarily mean I will not do anything else here at Findlay. I will still go to parties, make friends, and have the time of my life, as long as I still focus on my future. I believe in this: love what you do, and never work a day in your life, and in four years or so I will live by that.
I first heard this amazing quote on Animal Planet, as crazy as it sounds. It was on Miami Animal Cops, and when the officer on the show said that Miami Animal police all live by that, it really jumped out at me. I quote Michael from ‘Office Space’: “we don’t have a lot of time on this earth, and we weren’t meant to spend it this way.” This way can be classified as sitting in a cubicle all day long, or if I came to college just to attend college and get a higher education to make a lot of money doing something I would rather not be doing. It’s not about money, it never has been, at least for me. Because I know that I will be good enough at what I do to just scrape by, or if I’m lucky, make my own small fortune.
I have been working hard all my life. Ever since I was five I have been spelling words, counting numbers, and memorizing state capitals. And now, thirteen years later, I am still struggling to remember quadratic formulas, what happened in World War One, and whatever protons do. Eighteen years of straight, pure work is too much in our short life spans. After eighteen years of studying mostly garbage in my opinion, I want to have fun! Because what I will be doing, I want to do for the rest of my life, so it shouldn’t require a struggle to get out of bed in the morning or a few extra dollars in my paycheck to get me motivated.
Riding, training, and working with horses has been my dream for so many years, I can hardly imagine myself wanting to do anything else. I will tell this to someone who doesn’t want to work a day in their life: whatever you do in your spare time, do it for a living! There are countless jobs and endless opportunities out there, and there is a job for everybody, even if the pay is small. I am motivated to work with horses every day because I love seeing the result, and I love being able to witness the use and the joy they can bring to people. Even if I had millions of dollars stashed away in some Swiss bank account, and I never had to work a single job, I would still want to work with horses, because that is what makes me happy, and happiness is the key to success in life. So once I get out of here, and get a job, it will be something that I love to do, and if it is, I will never call it work a day in my life.