How Are You Handling It?
Horse and Rider|Fall 2020
How Are You Handling It?
WE’RE ALL IN THE STORM, just in different boats.
Amberley Snyder

This is the most accurate statement I’ve heard to characterize this odd time we’re experiencing. There’s so much sadness, hate, and uncertainty influencing our society right now. Things we could always count on have shifted, and our loved ones are even supposed to stay at a distance. All this change is hard.

So what are you doing with it? How are you handling being home?

I’ve asked those questions of myself multiple times over this period. I first came back home to Elk Ridge, Utah, in March, returning early from Arizona as I wasn’t sure how serious the quarantine was going to be. I started by enjoying the time at home, as I’d been gone for three-and-a-half months and I don’t usually have so many days in which to catch up.

Home improvement was first. I’ve owned a small piece of property for two years and am working to build and improve upon it—barns, arenas, roads, and so on. I became my own general contractor, not a job title I’d been planning to add to my resume. Learning to coordinate plans, schedules, and people has been a process in itself.

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Fall 2020