Monday, March 11, 2013

Knowing Your Limits

So, I was at the riding barn yesterday, waiting for the pony rides to finish so I could school a horse without them being in my way (It's just that bit too wet to use the grass-based outdoor right now).

My riding buddy, however, figured she could work around them. She leads a horse into the arena - a black Thoroughbred who's closer to 17 hands than 16. Promptly, one of the kids pointed at him and said "I want to ride that one."

She was quite insistent, too. When asked which of the two ponies she wanted to ride, she was still insistent that she wanted the giant Thoroughbred. (Maybe he reminded her of Black Beauty). Needless to say, she had to be content with a pony.

Children don't know their limits. They don't know when something's too big for them. In contrast, as adults, we not only know our limits - we set them. Often, we set limits that are far too tight, staying within our comfort zone.

Sometimes it's good to remember that you don't have to stay within your perceived limits. That doesn't mean you should make crazy leaps, but stepping outside your comfort zone and pushing yourself just past your limits is how you make progress in life.