Sometimes these issues creep into my mind and affect my riding. Suddenly I'm rushing, or I feel like I need to really push myself and Max to hit a goal. Just to make it all worth it.
Luckily I married my voice of reason and he reminded me that despite it all, I'm always excited to go again and again. That while I'm there I should forget about the things that bring me down and focus on what brings me up. Because in the end what really matters is that we take the time to enjoy the good stuff. And when we do, everything else becomes irrelevant. The thorns get cut away so all that's left is the sweet simple joy of the bouquet.