From a very young age, I was always drawn to rodeo. I loved the excitement of the crowd, the anticipation of what was going to happen in the next run and, of course, the thrill of watching people that I idolized compete. As I got older and became friends with many people that competed, I realized that my love for rodeo runs a bit deeper.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some cowboys but it’s more than just the hats and chaps that really make my heart flutter. It’s the PASSION. The flame that burns inside each and every competitor. Very few people in this world are willing to put everything on the line to follow a dream. I don’t know very many professions where you travel across the country to compete, sometimes making money but more often than not spending it faster than it’s coming in. All to achieve one goal, one dream. Many people say that cowboys never grow up. That they hold onto their youth because they’re not ready to face the real world. But who’s to say that the “real world” means working a 9-5 and settling down to raise a family. Personally, I think it’s more admirable to know from a very young age who you are, what you want to be, and be willing to do everything in your power to see that goal to fruition.
You don’t come across that sort of power or determination very often. Now that’s not say that passionate people don’t exist in all realms of life because they certainly do and that is where my lesson comes in. Do your best to surround yourself with passionate people. It’s contagious I promise. How you measure and determine success is solely up to you and, while I understand rodeo may not be your forte, I guarantee you won’t have to look very far to find something that is and find the people that do it with all of their heart and soul.
You see, that’s what I think we all should strive for. We should all want to make our passions become our life’s work. The world would be a much better place if everyone was able to hold that fiery spirit and truly believe in the work that they’re doing. When you place yourself around mediocre people you will catch yourself performing mediocre and that isn’t good for anything. Always strive to rise. Surround yourself that push you to do your best and never stop searching for what sets your heart on fire.