Sunday, January 27, 2013
I am about two months away from my birthday. Now's about the time where people start asking, "What do you want?" And I always go blank, because even though there are things that I want, I somehow can't remember them until a few weeks AFTER the party's over, when it's of no use to anyone. I was driving home after work last night and it was taking longer than usual because of snow-covered roads, and I started thinking about that question: what DO I want?
And...I think I know.
This has really been an awesome year for me; I've accomplished a lot. So I think I deserve to look beyond the wrappable stuff and celebrate with a little bit more gusto -- more than just a present. I deserve to do something that I've been wanting to do for a long time, to commemorate my successes.
My two choices: a hot air balloon ride or horseback riding!
I have always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon. I see them on my way to work in the fall and spring, and I think, "Some day..." But really, what am I waiting for? Why not now? Yes, it's a bit of an expense, but I think it will be worth it. I can't imagine how incredible it would be to float above the world and see the sun rise or fall over everything.
I haven't ridden a horse since I was 15. I fell victim to the horse bug at a young age and was lucky enough to ride for five years and LOVED it, but ended up having to quit because it was getting too expensive and interfered with soccer. The expense part was a choice I made for my parents. I'd gone to the same instructor for most of my riding years, but some serious crap happened that made us look elsewhere. We found a wonderful instructor who taught me on a friend's horse, but the cost of lessons jumped $40 a piece, so I went from weekly to twice-monthly lessons. Then the friend sold their horse. I was at an age where I knew my parents couldn't afford a horse for me, and felt guilty accruing the expense of lessons when I would never have a horse of my own, so I ended it. But I think about it often, and even if this time it's nothing more than a trail ride, it would make my day.
I mentioned these things to Andy last night, and he is absolutely game for either one. I have time to decide and am not sure which I'd rather do right now, but I'm satisfied that I've made the choice to reward myself like this. We'll see what happens!