My Heroes Have Always Been Cowgirls
With the season finale of Cowgirls this Wednesday at 8pm EST, I wanted to reflect on what being a cowgirl means to me.
I wanted to be a cowgirl for as long as I can remember. I wanted the horse and the boots and the fringe. I wanted to ride my horse everywhere, to school and to the store and all over the world.
Of course this changed, as I got older. Reality set in- horses were expensive, I could not ride a horse everywhere, and boots were not always the most practical footwear.
But, despite all of these changes, cowgirls are still my heroes.
This becomes even truer as time goes on.
I want to be as fearless as a cowgirl. Even though they may be scared, they get on their horse anyway. They run the race, they ride the bronc, and they face their fears head on with a smile.
They train, through blood, sweat, and tears, for less than a minute in the arena. They risk injuries and they give up time spent with their families to do what they love. It’s long days and long nights. It’s putting everything on the line to do what you love.
It takes a special soul to be a cowgirl. They are tough and gentle and brave and honest all at the same time. They are rough when they need to be, but soft when it matters. They let their love for what they do carry them, rather than let the fear of something going wrong hold them back.
If you ask me why cowgirls are my heroes, I could give you a million reasons, and I would mean all of them. But the one that sticks out to me the most is what cowgirls represent.
Cowgirls represent doing what you love, despite other’s opinions and negativity. It’s about breaking free of the mold of what a women should be and making their own. Cowgirls represent giving there all to something that may not work out in their favor, but doing it anyways because everyday they get to live their dream is a good day. They are the women building each other up and helping each other, because though they may be competition in the arena, they are always friends.
“You can never be great at anything unless you love it.” - Maya Angelou