DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE A FOOL OF YOURSELF!

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Humans can be so silly sometimes.

We get so worried about making a fool of ourselves, or what others might think, that sometimes we miss out on having a truly great time.  This is something I LOVE about kids.  Before they grow up and are “taught” to stop being so foolish, kids can have so much fun doing the simplest and silliest things.  It is true happiness and a wonderful gift which we are all born with, but somehow lose as we age.  Animals have the gift that they NEVER lose this wonderful quality.

I had a very bad horse accident twenty years ago that put me in a coma.  I know it sounds horrible, but fortunately, I made a fantastic recovery.  (Although many would say I am crazy, as I have been riding again for many, many years, minus my recovery time. LOL).  It can be fairly common for people to become depressed, or aggravated from a head injury and from the following recovery, but for me, it was one of the happiest and most simple times of my life.  Part of that was because I had no sense of “embarrassment, so there was no, “Do I look funny? Should I have said that?  Does this outfit make me look weird?” I was just happy to be alive, happy to feel the sun on my back.  Just happy…  I look at my animals now and realize that they have that gift every day.   It was one of the greatest lessons I ever learned and one that my animals constantly remind me of when I forget.

One of my cats, Frack, is the best at reminding me to not worry about making a fool of myself. He is very clumsy, which is weird for a cat, but he doesn’t care.  I’ll see him, lying on the bed, or the steps, legs spread-wide open with his belly up like a hog, totally shameless and completely unbothered by the fact that he WILL fall.  He will land in a heap, making an utter fool of himself.  Still, he’s just so happy and comfortable that he can’t be bothered to realize that, although he is a cat, he has essentially NO ability to be “cat like” and agile! LOL

Every new event and situation is a potentially positive and a spectacular moment not to miss…

His total lack of awareness about his silliness allows him to be super comfy, relaxed and one of the most “chilled out and cool” creatures, people or humans, that I have ever known.  Because of this, every new event and situation is a potentially positive and a spectacular moment he will not miss.  True, we laugh at him lots because he does so much silly stuff.  However, he is also the happiest of us all, adapting to all situations. Truly, he will probably lead the most fulfilling life of us all!

So, here is to animals (and kids) and their loss of personal “worries”.

So, here is to animals and their loss of personal “worries” that keep the rest of us from truly enjoying things.  Each day we should all stop worrying or being embarrassed and just be more child-like.  Live life, adapt, have more fun and just ENJOY!

 

 

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Jamie Wallace
Having a first degree in Journalism (Ohio University) and a second in Animal Science (University of Florida), I’ve devoted my entire professional career to animals in one capacity, or another. Since 1994, I have been professionally employed in the equine industry in many varying positions. In my past position as a University of Florida/IFAS Marion County Extension Agent, I solely conceptualized, marketed and developed water quality/natural resources education/outreach program for the equine industry. Articles were routinely written betwen 2010-2016 for trade journals, such as Florida Horse and The Horse Capital Digest, to educate and enhance individual farm consultations. When not currently riding or playing with my pets, I have an equine business consulting http://www.kismetbiz.site/ service that improves everything from the books to the barn, improving the bottom line, marketing and the facility. I have recently started my own blog, https://petsrule.blog/. Please join! Also, check out my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/petsrule.blog/ . My goal is to educate about how much true happiness and pure love my animals have brought me (and continue to bring), and enlighten those on how very much adoption will change their life, as it has changed mine.