There’s something about being out in nature that speeds up the relaxing and letting go process. If you tune in to nature around you, it seems easier to settle into a rhythm that allows you to shut off at the end of the day. To celebrate the day at sunset, enjoying the view and finding your small place in the world amongst everything else. And by this, I mean the trees, the animals, the weather: no self-inflicted stress, just necessary reactions to the environment.
These thoughts came to me as I was enjoying a sundowner on Morgan’s Rock, overlooking the Triple B ranch in South Africa’s Waterberg plateau. There was nothing to worry about. There is nothing to worry about. Just assess the situation, react and let it go.
The day began with a ride over Hippo Dam, through a little village and back along the sandy tracks amongst the buffalo thorn trees. Tuning in to my horse’s movement, being aware of the other animals silently watching us and getting better at recognising the flora and fauna round and about.
Time to relax over lunch, feeling the heat of the day and seeking shade on the stoep allows you to figure out the important things. Not the urgent things that the media are trying to tell you are important.
And back to the animals, a steady ride to get the blood pumping, spotting game in their natural routine: feeding, communicating, safety. That’s what’s important. In human terms you can have that too: a cool drink, with a magnificent view, good company and lots of laughter.
This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity: horse riding in a game park in South Africa – I’m hoping it won’t be.