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PBR teaches a lot about life. PBR teaches a lot about life. PBR stands for Professional Bull Riders. It is often aired on Saturday and Sunday nights. This past weekend I learned about being prepared. Paulo Lima is a bull rider, and he was preparing to ride. Preparing to ride means sitting on the bull in the chute and putting the bull rope on the bull and you. The bull rope is a rope that wraps around the bull and is how the rider holds onto the bull. The bull was fidgety, and it was hard to get situated. The judge warned Paulo that he needed to hurry up and ride. After several warnings, he was disqualified. Some believe that spending too much time in the chutes puts stress on the bull.
I’ve never ridden a bull, so I am not really sure what that experience is like. I do know what it is to miss an opportunity. All of us probably do. I know that I have sometimes spent too much time considering my options instead of taking action, and the opportunity was lost. I know that I have let my fears or inhibitions keep me from great possibilities. I know that there have been times when I could have dared, but I did not. I missed opportunities to live more fully, to take a chance, and to, perhaps, change the world.
Let’s be brave together. Let’s not miss the opportunity to seize the moment for all that life has to offer. We may not get another chance. Go ahead, tell them that you appreciate them. Speak to the stranger. Get out and ride that bull! When we let fear or inhibitions guide us, then we may be disqualified from the opportunity. Less time preparing and more time living. Be ready for the moments of opportunity. Get out of the chute! !