When I lived in Cairns back around 2008, I had my first experience talking in front of a crowd.
There were a group of us who have a passion for natural horsemanship and we had an opportunity to do a demo at a small horse show in Herberton Qld.
The lady who organised it, didn’t want to speak in front of a crowd so I said “I’ll do it!”
I could barely put a sentence together in front of my class in high school let alone a crowd and I’d never spoke into a microphone before. For the whole week beforehand, I was trying to think about what to say and my mind was saying “What the hell were you thinking Alison”.
I was so nervous, fearful of others and I had no idea what I was going to say. But I didn’t want to let the team down who had worked so hard to get to the event.
We had some awesome people, all at different levels testing the bond of their relationship with their horses. Some students were playing with horses on the ground, some backing their horse at liberty up the ramp of a horse trailer – standing backwards (some people find it difficult just to get a horse to go forward into a trailer let alone backwards at liberty!!!) and some were riding around bridless doing flying changes.
So as the lady handed me the microphone, I still had no idea what I was going to say but when I saw how much fun everyone was having, the positive expressions on the horses faces and the crowd in awe, I just explained a little and the song that came on did the rest!
You see, I forgot to give the CD to the music guy so he could play it. But the song that conveniently came on at the right time showed our passion and maybe even the universe helped a little giving us a sign.
The song that played that day was ‘Live like you are dying by Tim Mcgraw’.
Because TIME is precious and you can never get it back so cherish the time you have.
I hope you get the chance to live like you are dying!!!