I do occasional volunteer work for the USDF Region 2 Director (few hours a month, not much). It makes me feel like I’m still a part of the dressage community. Makes me feel like I’m contributing in some small way.
Anyway, a month or so ago the organizer for the Charlotte Dujardin clinic approached the Region 2 Director about advertising for the clinic at the end of September. I happened to see that the organizer was offering free tickets in exchange, so I may have pressured the Director to follow up on that.
Totally altruistic! 😉
No really, I had good intentions. The plan was to give them away to the people who volunteered to help out at the Region 2 Championship show. Unfortunately we didn’t get the tickets in time.
Then we tried to give them away to people who would volunteer to work the Annual Convention.
So there we were… sitting on four free tickets, for an event in just a few days.
The Region 2 Director asked if I wanted two of the tickets.
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!
But I’m broke. Capital B – Broke.
I don’t think I can afford the gas down there. It’s a 5 hour drive. The clinic doesn’t end until after 9pm. It’s a 5 hour drive back. I can’t afford lodging. I can’t afford gas… I can’t afford this. I shouldn’t go!
I decided instead that I would ask one of the up-and-coming, local, dressage trainers that I really admire if she’d like the tickets. I emailed her and waited.
As SOON as I hit send.. my heart sank. I immediately regretted it. I was depressed. The whole world sucked. My life sucked. I hated everyone. [insert extreme self-pity here]
Ha! I didn’t realize how badly I had wanted to go until I realized I couldn’t go…
And of course, the lady responded in less than an hour. Yes, she’d love to go. She’s thrilled. Great opportunity, etc…
Of course she wanted them.
I couldn’t go…
[extreme sad face]
BUT, she only needed one ticket. Not two….
Now the whole world is a magical place! I’m ecstatic! There are rainbows and unicorns dotting the fields. I’m on cloud nine!!
Yeah… I guess it meant more to me then I thought it did.
So, I’m going. It’s still a 10 hour round trip drive for basically a 4 hour clinic. It still means I’ll have to sleep in my car or drive home through the night. It still means we probably won’t be able to eat for a month (I could stand to lose weight anyway). But….
I GET TO GO TO THE Charlotte Dujardin clinic on Friday!!
Something like this is once in a lifetime for me.
[Eminem’s Lose Yourself theme music playing in the background]
Free tickets, a location I can drive to within a day, AND I already had the day off from work. It’s fate! Haha
So, Yay! Woo Hoo!