Happy Bday @.martinez.laako ! She was born 12 years ago in Finland. The day before I was walking knee-deep in snow after the first winter storm. Now, in the other side of the world, she is ready to have her first horse-riding experience in a mountain-forest trail in this pic taken couple of weeks ago. It was not that easy - even I with previous experience was struggling. The horses always get excited and energetic in free nature, plus we headed for a complicated, narrow mountain trail where you have to watch out not to get hit down by branches, sharp turns etc. But she was excellent and just calm and confident. She wouldn't even hold the saddle when the horses galloped upwards and downwards, jumping over streams, turning suddenly to find a better path or running under a heavy branch. She just sat in the saddle, with firm hands and balanced. I was amazed. I hope she goes on with that beautiful energy in life. I know life will occasionally hit us all and nobody can avoid hardships, they teach us important things. However, what is also true is that you just have to take that valid place in the world, like Aurora in that saddle, to choose it, to own it, to take root in it, and to flower in it. It is far from easy but so necessary for one's fundamental integrity and life here on earth.