When Do We Begin to Live?

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Real Estate Agent with Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. PA License #AB068077

When Do We Begin To Live?

Enjoying a ride in Jacobsburg State Park, PA

“ Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live ”

 

~Dorothy Thompson

 

We are all here on this earth to live.  But when do we actually live our lives?

 

Is it when we are running away from what we are afraid of?

 

Is it when we are hiding from our fears . . . or just plain unable to face up to our fears?

 

It is when we are no longer afraid.  

 

I have had to face fear many times in my life.  For example, the one time, while riding the canter on another person's horse, the saddle slid and I fell off, breaking my arm in the process.  When I was able to ride again, I was afraid of riding at the canter.  (The canter is a gait of the horse that looks like it is skipping.  It is a little slower than a gallop.)  For quite a long time, I rode my horse, except for cantering. 

 

A canter is such a fun gait to ride in.  I was depriving myself from that joy.  I finally decided to ride the canter, at least for a few steps.  After all, it was my trusty horse that did not have a mean bone in his body.  I know he will take care of me.  I got up enough energy and nerve to ask my horse for the canter, I rode it for a few steps.  Wow!!  I did it and all is well!!  The next time I rode, we cantered a little longer, until finally, it never bothered me to canter anymore.  And I still enjoyed it. 

 

I was starting to live again.  All that time I was depriving myself of the joy simply because I was afraid.  

 

Throughout life, we have fears that we must face up to.  If we do not face up to them, then our lives are wasted, doing nothing.  We are depriving ourselves of living life to the fullest.

 

So, let's live our lives to the fullest.  By depriving ourselves because of fear we will miss out on so much, moments which we will never get back again.  After all, life is short.  So, let's get our there and LIVE!!

 

What are you afraid of?

 

 

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Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Rural and Horse Properties and Farms

 

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Comments (14)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Brigita - I don't need to imagine that this is true - I believe it.  It is, of course, different for each of us but there's no horsing around that this is a reminder that that never need nag us.  

Apr 18, 2021 08:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Brigita,  I know sometime it takes awhile to get back into a routine again what cause pain. but I brok a couplle of ribs once and was not a fan of bull riding back for a long time.

 

Apr 18, 2021 08:57 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for sharing Brigita!

So, let's live our lives to the fullest.  By depriving ourselves because of fear we will miss out on so much, moments which we will never get back again.  After all, life is short.  So, let's get our there and LIVE!!

Apr 18, 2021 09:10 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Hi, Michael!

I agree with you.

Brigita

Apr 18, 2021 10:51 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Hi, Will!

I don't think I personally would tackle bull riding, but it does take time to get back into things that have especially caused pain.

Brigita

Apr 18, 2021 10:53 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Hi, Sham!

Get out there and live life like you have never lived before.  Don't let fear get in the way!

Brigita

Apr 18, 2021 10:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Brigita,

As a child I loved. the word, Intrepid...I found it in a book I was reading, and every since, I have vowed to be intrepid...A

Apr 18, 2021 12:02 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

If we allow ourselves to live in fear, we will lose the most precious thing we have which is our freedom.  Face the fears and work through them. 

Apr 18, 2021 03:20 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Brigita - this post is on the same page with two others.  I like to live in the now and enjoy the day.

Apr 19, 2021 04:17 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, Ron & Alesandra!

Good for you!

Brigita

Apr 19, 2021 06:27 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, Ed!

That is for sure!

Brigita

Apr 19, 2021 06:27 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, Grant!

So do I!

Brigita

Apr 19, 2021 06:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Brigita- I love your post and you are so right. I can remember the first time I got on a boat and was scared to death. But I'm glad I did because I spent the next 20 years on some kind of boat every weekend. 

Apr 19, 2021 06:42 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, Kathy!

Just think, if you hadn't overcome your fear, you may have regretted it for the rest of your life, instead of enjoying yourself.  Glad you were able to overcome that fear.

Brigita

Apr 20, 2021 06:18 AM