What do you do when you fall off a horse? You take a beat to check on yourself, and then you get back on.
After 18 days of writing 200 words per day, I fell off the horse and missed two days. There’s always the urge to catch up, but the weight of all those unwritten words can become debilitating.
It becomes friction. So I’m dusting myself off and getting back on the horse again. New ride.
In the world of horse-riding, this really seems to be the standard piece of advice. “If you ride, you will fall off,” says an article on The Spruce Pets. (I’m always on the lookout for new hobbies to pick up.)
And in spite of recognising that the possibility of falling is there, the rider still chooses to ride. But not without preparation.
There are ways to avoid falling — by being aware and staying in control of oneself. There are ways to prepare for the fall — by wearing protective gear, having a game plan.
And then, there are proper methods for falling. Know how to release. And when you land, roll away from the horse’s legs. Reduce the damage.
It’s a lot like failing at things in life.