My Best Friend Embraced My Culture With Me And It Was The Best Way To Start The New Year

My Best Friend Embraced My Culture With Me And It Was The Best Way To Start The New Year

Find you a best friend that loves you enough to stick out like a sore thumb.

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I have always loved my Vietnamese culture. From the festival to the food, but my favorite part has always been celebrating the Vietnamese New Year. The festival is beautiful, the food is mouth watering, and the pageants are exquisite. I never wanted to attend the festivals because they were always too far away but also because I never had anyone to go with; until my best friend.

My mom likes to travel to California to spend Vietnamese New Year with my aunts and uncles (because California knows how to celebrate Vietnamese New Year the right way) and I always get jealous that she gets to go but that just means more New Year money for me! My best friend decided that we should dress up in the traditional Vietnamese and drive to the festival together for the first time.

We drove all the way to what we like to call "Asian Central" which is a far drive but definitely worth it. When we got out of the car in our traditional outfits let me tell yah; my best friend was the black sheep in a herd of white sheep. But she surprisingly wasn't the only one getting stares; I was too (and I blended in very well).


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I always felt weird wearing my traditional outfit only because they are slightly uncomfortable but so beautiful. Knowing that we were both getting stares and experiencing the festival for the first time together was exciting though and we were handling the stares like pros. We got a chance to watch the pageant, the live band, smell the food, and there was even a walk through exhibit!

Going to the festival was a first for both of us but in the end, it was so worth it. We got a chance to experience the festival and wear our traditional outfits together and learn about my culture a little bit more; having my best friend by my side made everything so much better.

My best friend and I didn't get a chance to kick off New Years together but we were able to kick off Vietnamese New Year together; which was just as great. Find you a friend that will endure the awkward stares and not understanding your native tongue. Thank you for putting up with my crazy Asian driving and having a million Asian people stare at you oddly. As they say, best friends who go through awkward stares together; stay together.

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To The First School Pony I Ever Rode, And Still Love

Although its been around 9 years since I've ridden Change, I still remember all he taught me.

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Here's some background. It was my 4th birthday that started my love for horses. My parents and I lived in this house that had an acre plot of land, perfect for the best birthday parties. This birthday party, in particular, consisted of ponies.

My father rented one of those party organizations to bring a few ponies for my friends and me to ride, and that very day I said to my father, "I want to ride horses!" And the rest was history.

I started and still to this day ride at Level Green Riding School, a barn that became a second home to me at a young age. My first lesson, at the age of 6, was on this magical little pony, who now barely reaches my hips, Change. He was this fiery little pony who had some attitude but was incredibly patient with the young students.

I took my first few weeks of lessons on him and continued to on and off ride him for about two years after. Although we did little real work other than walk, trot, canter, then finally 18-inch jumping, I learned a lot from him.

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Thank you for helping me grow my love for riding. Because of you, I have continued to pursue my passion for the sport. I have kept with it, even when I felt like a failure. There would be times when I felt horrible about a lesson, but because of you I keep with it and understand that there is always room for improvement.

Thanks to you, I understand that the horse is never to blame, but that I should reevaluate my position, attitude or technique to better my relationship with the horse I am on. The love I have for these animals stems from the small connection my young kind had with you.

I learned how to be humble. The little things we accomplished together, like my first time ever posting, where I looked like I was attached to a pole just standing up and sitting down, was a big moment, but I know it only happened because you helped me out. Image if I was on a wild pony who had an attitude and was out of control, those big moments would have come a lot harder.

The first time we jumped, oh what a joy. Although it was a small pile of poles at first, I felt free. I really saw what it was like to have a simple connection with a being.

Change, you taught me control, composure, and to have a great attitude no matter what. Those times when you were having a bad day and the first time you tried to buck me off, instead of being in fear, I just laughed and kicked you along.

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