Menopause in relation to time going quickly is not an apt comparison – just the part about not having anyone to talk to about this. It is quite the mystery to me. I now know that an hour is not a very long period of time to me anymore, and that if I am having to get ready to go someplace, that I need to keep my eye on the clock because time will get away from me.
I don’t think that I have less time to do things; although it sure seems this way. But the time I do have to do these things goes by more quickly.
Today is a good example. I woke to the sound of heavy rain. I could not get back to sleep, so I got up. My plan was to tend to the horses, do body awareness work, and then go for a long ride. I did do the body awareness work, and because it was raining, took more time than I usually do to do this. It was well worth the time. As I was finishing up, I got a call from Bonnie Dinkel, who I am working with on a chapter of the book. She had some materials for me to take a look at. So instead of riding I went and met Bonnie at the recycling center.
I talked with Bonnie for some time. I also talked with Selene, my summer horse intern. None of this seemed to take any time at all. Then Pete and I got together with a few of the people who work at the recycling center at a local bar. It did not seem like this took any time at all, either.
Once back on the home front, I spent a little time before dinner with Raudi, and then after dinner, a lot of time with Raudi. We had a good agility session and a great ride.
This was my day. I did not get the other horses out. I did not get any reading done. I did not, as planned, outline a chapter in the hoof rehabilitation book. I did not work directly on the Forks book. I think I had as much time as anyone else would have had, but I am not sure. It was just that the time that I had went by more quickly. And, I have this odd feeling that as I get older time is going to go by even more quickly. I wish that I’d been told this was going to happen when I signed on for this life project. Maybe someday, I will be able to register a complaint.
168. 6/17/18: A Conversation with Ryder