Not exactly. I've come to be quite happy with who I am and where I'm headed in life. So for the first time in many years, my resolutions are not so much about change as they are about continued self-discovery and growth. And although I am primarily committed to my academics, research, and career growth, the identity of equestrian remains central to how I identify as a person. Academics come first. And so in the remaining time in which I can choose to ride, sleep, rest, eat, read, or watch movies, I will always ride. Over the past year I have come to realize what my goals are in equestrian competition, and they are different than what they once were. Yes, I am still competitive and crave that perfect round, coveting that blue ribbon. But that's just fuel. There is greatness in everyone, and what I am striving for is my own type of greatness. That clear round, the thrill of flying, the feel of my mare giving 110% because we are finally a team. So it's that connection I'm truly hungry for. Without connection, blue ribbons and meaningful rides don't happen. My goal in my growth as an equestrian and a person: make every ride count.
Because when every ride counts, when all sound goes silent, when we fly, when it's all left in the arena, I find my personal infinity.
Happy New Year everyone!