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Remember To Always Look Up

Hayley

September 10, 2020

As I sit here by the edge of the creek pondering the beauty of nature. I am reminded of happy days spent outdoors in the sun. As a teenage I would spend all weekend outside. Coming in only for food and then straight back out I would go. 9 to 10 hours a day running around with the horses. I would brush them, wash them, I can feel the splashback hitting my face. The smell is one that always takes me to that happy place. Those were good days.

Days that at this very moment I sit and I wonder where they went. Why did I let them go?

I find myself so longing for them again.

moment of inspiration

After a long day editing, the sun was shining so I decided to wander off for a walk. I walked in about 2km, crossing stepping stones across the running Werribee river. Nothing but nature around me. On my way back when crossing a narrow part of the track with 30m of rock face above me and a steep drop off into the creek 10m below. Glancing down for just a second I felt fear start creep in.

It reminded me of when I used to teach kids to ride. I would yell at the kids as they approached the jump. Eyes up! Look up! I would ask them after they had jumped. When we look down where do we go? They would respond, down! If a 6-year-old can get it, should be easy for us adults, right?

horses know best

Fun fact. When you glance your eyes down you trigger 42 muscles in your body and spine. 

The thing about horses is, they are very in tune with body language. You glance down before a jump and the horse thinks holy hell! What the hell are you looking at? They park the breaks and you fly over their necks and most likely end up with dirt in all sorts of places. Not to mention, you’re probably going to walk a little funny tomorrow. That is if your lucky enough not to be seriously hurt. 

The same goes for life. I was recently in a situation that left me feeling very blue. Life felt like it was totally out of control. I wanted to go back in time and change the action I took to induce this state of depression. Honestly, I thought I would never feel ok again.

Do you know what? If I had kept looking down I may never have been happy again. My friends and my family weren’t having it. They were desperate for me to look up again and find the magic in the world. And I did.

I feel like a whole new person again. 

Just a month ago I couldn’t get out of bed. My eyes were bloodshot from crying. Life felt like it would never be the same again.

finding courage

I found courage and determination to look up. Now I find myself sitting here with the sun streaming on my face watching as the stream moves forward. I feel as content as a person could be. And I am allowed the opportunity to dream and plan bigger and better things for my life. 

I just wanted to share because life really is too beautiful to look down. I want you to fly so look up and make it happen.

Much Love

Hayley 

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