"Don’t ever sell your saddle.”

It was short, but sweet advice I saw recently on my favorite Facebook group, Old Cowgirls Never Die – We Keep On Riding, directed at a woman who had been away from horseback riding for several decades and had recently purchased a horse of her own.

The photo accompanying the post showed a woman in her 60s with a smile the size of Texas plastered on her face. At the end of the reins she was holding, stood a beautiful overo paint horse (like Hidalgo). She looked like she might burst from the excitement.

Her post received about a zillion comments, most of them conveying something like “Good for you” at the heart of them.

I started thinking to myself, whatever her reasons were 20 years ago for having to put a pastime she loved on the shelf, we’ve all been there.

Sometimes life gets in the way, and activities we were once passionate about get put on the back burner as we pursue other things we feel are more important at the time, i.e. relationships, family obligations, education, career (insert your own obstacle here).

The author of the Old Cowgirls page, Trail Boss Laura, created the group after posting about a camping adventure she had two years ago.

Returning home after a wonderful five-day horse camping trip with friends -- a trip for which she and a 79-year-old friend had driven themselves, towing a trailer with their two horses, three hours each way -- they told non-horse folks about their adventure. Many could not believe what the two women had done, especially at ages 63 and 79, or they just did not “get it” – (Why would they want to go be dirty, hot and do all it takes to take care of and ride a 1200-pound animal for 5 days?)

One of the women shared her experience on a trail riding website and the response she received from older women was amazing. Most comments were from women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and a few in their 80s, and many expressed a wish to somehow be able to communicate with other more mature horsewomen.

Thus the Old Cowgirl site was born.

And while I’m still having trouble with the “old” part of the group’s name – Wait, I’m only … Oh yeah, I’ll be 51 next month – I am really enjoying its positive messages and the way the more than 20,000 members buoy each other’s spirits, whether it be through serious advice or just light-hearted encouragement.

It makes me think about all of the other “older” people out there who are just waiting for the right time, encouragement, financial security or whatever it might take to get back to that long lost dream.

In recent years, the term “bucket list” has emerged over and over. A few years ago, I interviewed a woman who had jumped out of an airplane at 80. No thanks, but good for her, right?

I think we all have things that roll around in the back of our minds as something we’ve always wanted to do.

Granted, as time and gravity march on, some of these dreams become impossible. I’ve long given up my dream to become a thoroughbred jockey. That just isn’t going to happen for me. I’ve accepted it.

But there are other crazy thoughts I have as the years go on … and if I don’t act on some of them soon, I will be too old.

Take surfing, for instance.

Living in the Midwest, learning to surf at my age might seem like a pretty ridiculous idea, or so I thought, until both of my sons moved to California. I’ve been out there twice to visit them in recent years, but on my first trip I was recovering from a broken collarbone (yes, related to my other hobby) and on the second visit, it was too cold.

Am I too old? Is it too impractical?

Maybe. Maybe not.

And as Father’s Day approaches, I’m reminded of something my dad used to say quite often as he was planning one of his own crazy adventures around the globe: “We all need something to look forward to.”

I think we do.

Maybe it’s something you used to do and gave it up because it was too impractical. Maybe you’ve still got the equipment in your garage or basement and it just needs a good dusting to be ready to roll.

Or maybe it’s just an idea that’s been nagging at you for years, telling you to go for it.

Think about it. Quit stalling. Get off the couch and make it happen.

And if you need some motivation, find a Facebook page.

I’m sure there’s a group of people out there with the same dream.

You just have to follow it.