Resilience!

At the start of the New Year I chose a word for my “word of the year”. I chose the word resilience. I had no clue then how appropriate that word would be for 2020.

Resilience: 1.the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. 2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape.

To be honest the difficulties I have had to face in the Pandemic have been nothing compared to what some people have had to face. I am retired so I had no job to loose. I have a roof over my head and plenty to eat. I live in the country so I am not claustrophobically closeted in a small apartment with only the bricks and mortar of other apartment buildings to view around me. Still it has had an impact that has called upon my ability to be resilient.

March 2020. I was competing in a horse show at White Fences, Loxahatchee, Florida when we got word that the USEF ( US Equestrian Federation) had cancelled ALL horse shows in the US. This caused quite a stir. This Pandemic thing was being taken seriously. Then watching the CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Prime Minister Trudeau asked all Canadians abroad to come home. A few days after the horse show my husband and I hit the road north. En route we did not stop at any restaurants as we had brought food for all our meals for the three day drive. This was just the start of a new way of living. When we got home we had a fourteen day isolation quarantine.

April 2020 All of the barns and riding facilities in Ontario were closed to the public. Only staff could be in to look after the horses. I had left Biasini behind with my Florida coach for a couple of weeks and then arranged to have him transported home.

I was not able to go to the barn to see him or to ride him. Since a large part of my life is riding and my horse I felt quite at sea. But …resilience…… I walked with my husband and our little dog on the trails in our neighbourhood and we started to do the Eldergym online program. I also did a lot of blogging.

May 2020 The weather was not very springlike but we still walked. We still did the Eldergym and toward the end of the month I could go and watch my coach Belinda Trussell ride Biasini. I could not tack him up or groom him or go into the barn but I could watch at the outdoor arena, It was wonderful.

Belinda riding Biasini
Belinda and Biasini

June 2020 By June it was beginning to seem like the longest year ever. But the Provincial government started a slow and careful process of opening things up. I could ride and got back into training with Belinda. This was me springing back into my proper shape again. That kind of resilience! Just like a piece of squashed plastic I was bouncing back !

Opportunities There will be some shows in Canada later this summer but I have decided not to show. I have an excellent opportunity to work with Belinda on improving some of my weak points. Now that I have the time to shape new patterns and muscle memories it is a good idea to take that opportunity.

July 2020 It was clear by now that we would not be going to Florida for the winter. This was disappointing for me as I love the warm weather and horse shows there. I wondered it if it would be one year I would miss or several. We cannot get travel medical insurance for Covid from any of the Canadian insurance companies. With the escalating situation in the US I wonder how long it will take before the Pandemic is under some sort of control. Will I be too old once I finally get back to Florida? But ….resilience…. if other riders compete into their 80s and 90s I can do it!

So the Covid thump had given me a small dent but now I can not only spring back into shape, but spring into a better shape. So resilience has turned out to be the perfect word for 2020.

Biasini and I take to the forest once a week.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. This post is full of energy passing it to readers. True this pandemic has taught us a new way. I feel this time taught us a real way, as there is no fixed way. We as a family also learning much now which I didn’t even know we can do before.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for commenting Subbashini! It is a steep learning curve and a necessary one. But we can do it!😃

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      1. 👍🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  2. Irene says:

    So sorry you will not get to Florida for the winter. Together, you and Biasini will get through it with grace and yes, resilience. 😊

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Irene. We will give it our best shot.

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  3. Emma Cownie says:

    I think that everyone has found 2020 tough. You have had tougher years, I suspect. Iam glad that you can ride again in the fresh air. It’s a bit harder when you know you won’t be going to Florida for 2021, fingers crossed for 2022!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Physically I have certainly had tougher years Emma. You are right there. I am investing in lots of thermal underwear and foot warmers and also come crampons for navigating the ice in the winter 🤣

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        Does it get that bad? Thermals are a good idea in any winter – we wear them all winter here too!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          It can get to minus 20 Celsius in January and February. Snow starts in end of November or earlier and continues on.

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          1. Emma Cownie says:

            Wow! I cant even imagine what that’s like!?! No wonder you miss Florida.

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  4. An excellent word for the year, and a bit prophetic, Anne! Who knew how much we would need this? I’m sure you missed Biasini during that brief lockdown, but life is getting back to somewhat normal. Beautiful images!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for commenting Terri. It has turned out to be a very useful word for 2020! I will have to be careful about what word I choose for 2021!

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  5. Wonderful to hear how good every thing works out for the best. You are a good example of encouragement to people who only see the bad side.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this supportive comment. I dont think I am am an unrealistic Pollyanna but I believe it is important to find something worthwhile in difficult times . Otherwise it is all too depressing!😃

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      1. Positive thinking and keeping busy is the best medicine.

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  6. dprastka says:

    Resilience is the best word for 2020!! It’s amazing how you chose this word not knowing what was to lie ahead and it really took resilience to muddle through these trying times. People like you are so inspirational and I’m so thankful you have only been a blog away with inspirational, fun posts and/or encouraging posts. We are all in this together and even though you won’t be competing you are making the most out of the time with your wonderful coach!! 🤠🐴❤️ Love the trail photos too!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks so much for this comment Diana. I hope that I am not psychic! I am glad you find my posts encouraging. I try to be realistic but also optimistic.😃

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  7. Cyranny says:

    Isn’t funny how Life works in mysterious ways? ”Resilience” was the perfect word to choose for 2020, for sure. And you’ll be a master of resilience by the end of the year 😉 For 2021, can I give a few suggestions? I like ”Party”’,”Enjoy” or ”Awesome”… LOL

    Jokes aside, I have seen today on the news that Canadian insurance companies are starting to work on policies that would cover covid-19. I guess they figured that most travelers would put their trip plans on hold if they couldn’t get covered. *fingers crossed*

    *Big hugs* from Québec, and a nice pat to Biasini 🙂 xx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for that hug from Quebec. Interesting that some insurance companies are considering policies that would cover Covid. To be honest I dont think I would do to Florida this year anyway. The pandemic is out of control there. But if there was some travel coverage in the spring or summer we might be a let to go to see our son in England. Have a good weekend C.😀

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