Age slows me down enough to recognize potential repeats and the time to shift my focus. Thankfully, I age one year at a time. It gives me a chance to look back and recognize red flags that I did not pay attention to because I was in a hurry to get something. Get something… From a relationship, at the store, from a horse, getting something takes on all kinds of faces. At my age, I am starting to realize I do not need anything from anybody. It is all in me if I choose to access it. That gives me the freedom to be with other people, horses, animals of all sorts and nature if I so choose, without an agenda, just simply to be. When I feel manipulated… Believe me, I will recognize it and run the other way.