A Trail of Thoughts: Life lessons through barrel racing continue

I am still processing that we are now into 2020! Time flies, no matter what.

I tend to use analogies that I can understand for different concepts in life. Having grown up competing in rodeo, I sometimes compare life itself to barrel racing.

Some may think that riding a horse and turning it around three inanimate objects looks simple.

As someone who has done it for almost 20 years, I can assure you it is not. It is a fast-paced experience that requires precision. Both horse and rider must have a certain level of skill.

How is barrel racing like life? They both happen quickly and require changes in direction. Also, if you don’t have a plan and a sense of direction, things can go wrong very quickly.

Furthermore, like most anything else, the sport requires endurance and continued improvement. Being responsible and the well being of your horse and yourself are vital.

Finally, it is an avenue where you never stop learning and where the rewards that hard work and dedication are realized.

However, the most import aspect is to keep going, no matter what.

For me, barrel racing has brought both valuable lessons and fond memories. I carry those things with me wherever I go, and they have served me well. I will continue to utilize them in the New Year.