This Ain’t My First Rodeo

Aside the fact that both my little brother and my mother’s birthdays fall in March, this month in Houston is dedicated to the Rodeo. From the expansive livestock show with more than 30,000 livestock and horse show entries, to the exciting rodeo championships, to the nightly entertainment where stars grace the stage and get us dancing in our seats it truly reminds me why I love Texas, as if I needed a reminder that is.

So I won’t sit here and bore y’all on about how handsome and amazing Luke Bryan is, the fact that I got to see him with two of my best friends of over ten years, or the fact that I threw my healthy eating habits out the window and ate everything fried known to man. What I’d like to discuss today is facing your fears or just doing something you wouldn’t normally do.

Yesterday, I took a deep breath and after encouragement from a friend I decided to take the rail (basically a tram/train for all you Yankees out there). I know what you’re thinking. Okay? So what is the big freaking deal? Well, I HATE public transportation. “Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles,” and this my friends, was my miracle. Public transportation makes me nervous and I have this weird fear of it.What if there’s weird germs everywhere even though I’m not a germ freak? What if I get attacked by a random hobo? All these crazy scenarios just run through my mind. I mean, I won’t hyperventilate if I step into a bus or train but I avoid it like the plague. I would never get on the bus so this was the best option to overcome my fear.

I was not alone but this was still a big thing for me. Although my best friends had to tease me about the fact that there were little kids who were fine and I was being “bougie”, they also reminded me after every stop that I’ll be okay. I just sat there trying to take it all in, observe my surroundings and convince myself that it’s possible to do things you tell yourself you’ll never do even if it means taking the rail. (**See selfie above and my ability to mask my true emotions aka I was screaming inside)

What was the outcome? I’ll admit it was not THAT bad. Most of the passengers were Rodeo attendees so I didn’t have any weird occurrences. However, I’m still not fond of public transportation and I will continue to avoid taking the rail but once a year to see Luke Bryan’s gorgeous smile I might just bite the bullet and do it.

So take chances, overcome your fears (unless its birds and that’s another story for another day) and don’t let anything or anyone stop you from doing whatever the heck it is you want to do.


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