I am embarrassed to say how old this tee shirt is. Let me think…I bought it while I was in college, between my freshman and sophomore year. That means that I have known this tee shirt longer than my husband, longer than I have lived in this state. That is awhile.
When I saw it I had to have it and now I consider that I may frame it when its days are done as a tee. Then it may hang on my wall.
It has proved to be a true statement. It states a truth that can be said many ways. I will give you an example.
I have made many mistakes showing my horses. I have been zeroed (not good when the highest score wins) and I have had horses do strange and mysterious things while showing. I have made careless mistake and ignorant mistakes. And I am sure I will continue.
But I can honestly say that the mistakes I regret were not mistakes I made in the show pen but the mistake of not playing the game. For example when I was showing my little horse Vaquero his futurity year I had to choose what classes to enter. In reining you can make one run (do one pattern) and it can count for several levels. I looked around at the competition and choose to enter the lower two levels and save my money by not entering the toughest division. ‘Who am I to think that I could beat them?’ I told myself it was the reasonable thing to do.
And TWICE that year (I am a little slow to learn sometimes) twice I would have won ALL of the divisions…if I had only entered. The score was there but I had not committed.
To quote the great theologian of the 90’s, Garth Brooks-
” And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I’d of had to miss the dance “
Don’t miss the dance. Sure things might not go the way you hope…but you will never know if you don’t try.
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