Five Things I know to be True.

Today I am 70 years old. The world may have changed a great deal since 1949 but over my 70 years there are some things that were true then and I believe are still true now.

  • Education matters. If you are a young person all the doors of opportunity are open ahead of you. But if you drop out of school 80% of those doors will slam shut. It is OK for Bruce Springsteen to say he hated school but most of us do not grow up to be rock stars. So if you hate school, work harder, and if you need help then ask for it. If you love school, work harder, and keep going as long as you can up the ladder of education.
  • Be Brave. “Don’t be scared to take big steps….you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” David Lloyd George When an opportunity presents itself to you it is important to step up and go for it. You need to be brave. There is nothing worse that ending up in elders’ home saying: “If only I had…….”
  • Learn to be alone. There are many times in life when it is important to stand on your own two feet and stand your ground. It can be a lonely position but it is sometimes the best one. “I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to. That seemed to be the only thing I could do that didn’t concern anybody but myself.” Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Plan Ahead.If you don’t know where you are going you will end up somewhere else.” Yogi Berra. You cannot always plan out your entire life and sometimes planning, even for the week ahead, is a challenge. But having the bigger picture in mind is important. It is worth remembering that. Otherwise, you will indeed ‘end up somewhere else.’
  • Every horse has a gift to give you. I had to include something about horses and this is something I believe is very important. Every horse you have contact with is important in that they all have something to give you, something you can learn from them. Sometimes you may not have the horse you want but it may be the horse you need.

So there you have it. June 9 1949 to June 9 2019 is the span in which I have come to believe that the things I have listed are true and important.

1949
1958
2019

And finally I would like to leave you with the words of Tim McGraw: “Always be humble and kind.” My Birthday Present to you is this wonderful video. Magic!

49 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy Belated Birthday!

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    1. ps I don’t know if you do pingbacks, but I did one for this book review to you. http://saschadarlington.me/2019/06/11/review-of-the-summer-guests/ I don’t know if you like women’s fiction, but the horse world depicted felt very real.

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      1. anne leueen says:

        Thank you Sascha. I will take a look at this for sure.

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  2. Happy birthday! As others already mentioned, you are an inspiration. Thanks for the evergreen advice.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      thank you and I love the phrase “evergreen advice”. I shall remember that one.

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  3. Irene says:

    Hope you had a fun birthday. Great words to remember.

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  4. Alli Farkas says:

    Happy birthday Leueen! I’m always so interested in what you accomplish because I will always be one year older than you and know I’m not there yet! Best wishes always for you and Biasini.

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  5. Avery says:

    Love this and you! Happiest of birthdays by the way!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Avery. I thought of you when I put up the humble and kind video

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  6. nelkumi says:

    Happy belated Birthday. Hope it was a good one!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. It was a very good day.

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  7. Olivia May says:

    Learn to be alone is the most difficult thing to achieve, and the very valuable thing to have. Happy birthday!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Olivia. It is hard to decide to be alone. I think that we are by nature “herd: animals and it may not feel comfortable. But it is a valuable skill nonetheless. Thank you for commenting on this.

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  8. Emma Cownie says:

    I just love the photo of you in 1958. That beautiful horse is so tall and you are so small, in comparison. Happy Birthday, Leueen!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Emma. His name was Amos and it was tsken at a ranch in Wyoming. Amazing that I remember his name from all those years ago but what I was on my way to doing 2 seconds ago…..?

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        I think we are all like that! Amos looks to have been a fine horse. Being on a ranch in Wyoming sounds a great way to spent your time as a child.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I have happy memories of it. Thanks for your commenting on it.

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  9. Karen Norton says:

    Happy 70th Birthday! I loved your wise thoughts and comments! Best wishes!

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  10. dprastka says:

    Happy Birthday Anne!! What wonderful advice, I love them all and your photos are WONDERFUL! I hope you have a fantastic, super duper day! 🎂🍰❤️🐴😀

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana. I did have a very good day.

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  11. Laura says:

    Happy days Leueen! I am so happy that I will see you in the Winter. Cheers to many more fun years in the saddle and out! Your words of wisdom are well taken as always!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Laura. I appreciate your good wishes.

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  12. Happy Birthday Anne! I love all of your points, and the photos you have included. I have never seen such a happy baby! Was there a horse in front of you at the time? 🙂 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Haha! I don’t think there was a horse when the baby photo was taken. Thank you for this comment.

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  13. Sageful moments by you. One can grow older without growing old…as you have proven. Happy B-day to you.❗️🎁7️⃣0️⃣

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  14. Judy says:

    Happy Birthday, Anne Leueen! God bless you and Biasini.

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  15. Happy Birthday, and thank you for sharing what you found out during your life.

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  16. sandyjwhite says:

    Happy 70th Anne! Your advice is spot on, I’d say.
    And I would add that people often come into our lives at just the right time because we need and can learn from them.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree Sandy. People come and go and often we only realize later what they brought to our lives.

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  17. Wise words indeed! Happy Birthday!

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  18. Happy 70th birthday 🎈🎉 dear Anne, you and Biasini are a true inspiration and thank you for sharing this beautiful video too 🙂💖 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank youa Xenia. I love the video. It shows all the people celebrating life and the humble and true message is such a good one.

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  19. Congrats Anne, on your 70th birthday.

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  20. Happy Birthday. That song is beautiful with a wonderful message

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  21. Donna says:

    Have a wonderful happy birthday

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  22. Outosego says:

    Happy birthday, dear.

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  23. Auntysocial says:

    That photo of you in ’58 is fantastic 😀
    Happy Birthday To You!

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    1. Auntysocial says:

      *The one from this year too but I was drawn to the one of you as a youngster instantly. Shows the true horsewoman in you 😉

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  24. Robyn says:

    Happy Birthday! And I think your list is great. Have a great day!

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  25. You are a true inspiration. Even as a child you had a beautiful seat. May your love affair with Biasini and dressage continue for many more years.
    Happy Birthday!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Helen I appreciate your comment very much.

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