Original release date: 30th January 2016
Most recently, I had a day of firsts in Argentina when I decided to play polo for the first time.
What was the catch?
I had never been on a horse.
And after 4+ glasses of red wine, an onslaught of empanadas, and a quick polo crash course, I was off and running (well, the horse was!) under the 38 degree Argentinian sun. It was exhilarating.
No, it was freaking awesome!
I latched onto that horse for dear life and we chased that ball like there was no tomorrow.
It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in recent times, despite almost knocking the horse out with the mallet a few times. Sorry, Carlos!
Ironically, for years I was fearful of riding horses because my parents cautioned me against the idea and used the Christopher Reeve story to convince me that it wasn’t safe.
I’m glad I went against the stern words of my parents and broke yet another life-limiting fear. Riding horses.
When I wanted to learn the guitar. I was told by a few people that it was impossible to learn the guitar as an adult. In reality, those people were rubbing their fears off on to me. The fear of trying something, failing, and feeling disappointed. And to be honest, I allowed myself to uptake those fears.
I was 25 years old and for years, was convinced that I was too old to learn the guitar. The same bulls&it stories that go around that adults are slower than children at learning another language.
But then I started watching Steve Krenz clips on YouTube, purchased his Learn and Master Guitar series, and within 12 months, I had learned how to read music and tablature, and was playing intermediate-level songs. By the end of the second year, I was proficient with fingerstyle guitar and reading guitar tab fluently.
So, who was too old?
I tell you these stories because we live in a world full of naysayers. Full of critics and fear mongering back benchers that, although at face value they have your best interests of safety and security at heart, their best interests are their own interests.
The very act of protecting someone by fear-mongering their enthusiasm to try something new that they perceive as risky, is also hindering them to operate at their full capacity.
Anyway, polo was awesome 🙂