Last month, I talked about some goals I had set for myself. We went to our first National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) barrel race last week. Did I meet my time goal? Nope, not even close. Will I meet that goal? I am going to keep trying.
Did I meet my goal to have fun? Absolutely. As you might have guessed, it was Kentucky Derby Saturday. Since we were at a horse race, I had to wear a Derby hat. I am glad my barrel racing partner thought of it. We got a lot of compliments on our hats.
It has been almost 50 years since I have run barrels. It is definitely a different game now than back when I was a pup. Some people wonder why I am taking it up now. There are a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I don't want to be ninety-years-old, sitting in my rocking chair, saying, "I wish I had done that." I believe there are too many people who do look back and wish they had tried something new, or followed up on a childhood dream.
We can always find excuses why we can't do something, especially as adults. Children believe they can do anything. As adults, we start finding barriers and we start to put them into place. We learn we are mortal, and fear of injury or even death may keep us from our dreams. Dreams often take money, and a lack of it may stop us from moving forward. There are a million scenarios we can use to justify why we can't do something.
Can't is simply another way of saying, "I won't," or "I don't want to." If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to accomplish it. It may mean taking lessons from a professional so we can learn proper techniques. It may mean generating a second stream of income. We may wind up working on our dream long after the family has gone to bed. But if we want something bad enough, we will find a way. There will be setbacks. Life does get in the way. But setbacks do not have to be barriers.
Secondly, I found this quote some time ago that sums up those thoughts. "'Finished last' will always be better than 'Did not finish' which always trumps 'Did not start.'"
So, here we are. We may not be the fastest pair in the pen, but we are having fun, and we are doing. I am finding the ladies who run at the NBHA Wyoming District 02 races extremely friendly and encouraging. I'll keep you posted.
P.S. I did by some longer blue jeans!
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Jennie Lawrence is the author of Soap Suds Row - The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 -1876. She also writes a regular column for African Violet Magazine, and has done freelance work. She has started to dabble in children's literature as well.