Crazy busy day. All good. I ended up, as planned, at the program's Halloween meeting and party. Left at 10:30 to go home to my dog and book by the fire.
I don't have social anxiety. I knew quite a few people there. I met quite a few people. It was fine.
This is my third program party. I've tried. I've now decided that unless I go with a group of people where the plan is to loosely hang out, I won't go again.
They still didn't have the main floor going when I left. And it might be that it livened up later.
If there's a band I want to see, a largish (like The Fillmore) venue is totally acceptable, even on my own. But events like tonight aren't super interesting as a casual, "I'll just drop in and see what's up."
On the way home, I was thinking about the things that I really enjoy. Dinner and house parties, riding, skiing, hiking, beach bonfires...I'm a small to mid-size crowd lover. Where we're doing something besides standing around talking
I think if I didn't have so much else going in my life if be more interested in things like that; but when I think of all the other things I did today it pales in comparison.
Of course I was at the barn part of the day. Amazing ride today! We were in the outdoor arena. He's so much happier there. We even worked on some suppling exercises to help him maintain balance in the corners at higher speeds. (We just trotted.) A series of three 20-meter circles, joined together like Olympic rings.
Our circles were more like abstract interpretive circles, but they'll get better.
As dull as that probably sounds to you, I loved every minute of it. I like physical activies where you have to practice to get better, and you can practice for the rest of your life, knowing there's always more to reach for, skill-wise.
Now I've tried something new and I can cross it off my list as a "no-go." At least I tried and kept an open mind. I'm almost always willing to try new things. I like that about myself.
On to the next new thing.