Yesterday morning when I turned on the radio the first song I heard was Yellow by Coldplay. This song always reminds me of my Dad. It doesn’t necessarily bring back particularly happy memories for me. It was one of the songs that played on the car radio when we drove to find out his test results for his brain scan which confirmed a brain tumour which was sadly later to kill him.
Funnily enough I love the song and it doesn’t upset me when I hear it, in fact it makes me feel incredibly close to my Dad. I always listen carefully to the words that Chris Martin sings “look at the stars, look how they shine for you and everything they do, yeah they were all yellow”.
To hear that particular song yesterday morning was, I felt, a sign from my Dad that he was sending me huge encouragement. Many of you will know that yesterday I was competing in my first ever dressage test with my young horse. Between both of my parents my Dad was always the encourager, the one that pushed me, whereas my Mum was always the careful and cautious one. So at a time when encouragement was required I believe he was with me yesterday telling and willing me to “go girl, you can do anything you set your mind to”.
Yesterday was a day of firsts for me and a rather big deal. I’ve never competed before and hadn’t had my new horse for very long. In fact some of you will recall I was even thinking of selling him at the beginning of the year, but with lots of hard work on both our parts, we have turned a corner. I decided to push myself and move out of my comfort zone and enter a competition and I am pleased to report that we came 7th in our dressage test. Yes, there is a lot of room for improvement but we were placed and more importantly we did it.
Another first for me yesterday was I learnt to drive a 3.5 tonne lorry, another achievement and one I have to confess I am rather proud of. I should however add that I would not have been able to do this without the encouragement from a friend. Sometimes all we need is someone to tell us we can do something, someone who believes in us and of course I’m lucky enough to have my Dad who has been watching over me and encouraging me every step of the way.
It just goes to show that whatever our age it’s never too late to start or try new things, it’s good to challenge our brains with a new hobby or direction and I rather think it gives us a new lease of life. Whatever stage or age we are in our lives we can always begin or try something new.
So if you’ve been thinking of learning something new or different my advice to you would be to go for it and as the saying goes it really never is too late. Remember life is for living.
I would be interested to hear from you if you have recently started to learn something new or have pushed yourself and was amazed at the results.
Wishing you a very happy love filled week and may the yellow stars shine on you.