It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. When I write, it’s because I believe I have something that can fundamentally change how you think. The ability to adapt is that “something”.
I believe this is the second most important rule, law, guiding star, or whatever analogy works for you. This is something I guide my life by and think barrel racers, or horse trainer of any kind, should as well.
It’s a Segway from my article on, Awareness: How It Makes or Breaks Your Barrel Racing Career. That article explain my rule #1 of being aware. #2 is being able to adapt.
There is no one right way to live/play in life. Ten people can take ten different paths and in the end arrive at the same place, each of them doing it their own way. Read that again, those are the most important sentences of this article.
“How is that?” Well, I’m glad you asked! The answer is adaptability. Being able to change how you’re doing what you’re doing. What’s more important is why.
The Laws of Our Universe
The laws of our universe (physics and much more beyond just that) are why. They’re the foundations of our very existence set by our creator. There’s many to discuss but let’s stick to what’s relevant.
I don’t know if it’s a fact, but what’s possibly the panicle law of our world is the law of vibration. I refer people to it as the law of constant movement of energy.
We literally live in an ocean of motion. Everything existent has energy, from dirt to humans. Where there’s energy, there’s activity. Where there’s activity, there’s change.
The world/universe isn’t static. Everything is continually and constantly moving and changing. Put your hand under a microscope and watch how many skin cells are created and replaced in a matter of only five minutes. It’s insane!
The Obvious Signs
I learned this rule the hard way. When I got into lifting weights in school, I did the same exercises every day for both my upper and lower body. One day I looked into the mirror and didn’t like what I saw.
Imagine a beer belly without fat and excessive curvature in my spine. This went to cost a year of excruciating pain, doctor’s appointments and my senior year of football. What my family and I thought was a legitimate back issue turned to be nothing of.
Educating myself enough, I learned I developed a muscle imbalance in my spinal erectors (muscles that up and down the spine) to where they were literally pulling my shoulders and hips together because I neglected my anterior (front) core muscle group.
When I realized it was exercising itself causing the problem, guess what I did? I changed what I was doing.
Chase & Point: Adapt
As a barrel racer, how can you go doing the same things day in and day out expecting nothing to change along the way? Exactly, you can’t!
There are so many things, quirky things, that happen which require you to think on your feet. Situations come up where you have to adapt within minutes.
Whether it’s deciding to go left on barrels cause the damn quadruped won’t go right, changing your riding style between horses, or taking a 2×4 between their ears! There’s reasons I don’t ride anymore.
Imagine the edge you’d have proactively thinking of possible changes day-to-day. Anticipating situations where you might have to change or tweak something is an advantage in this sport, especially this sport!
Animals don’t have the awareness to adapt like you do. Horse rely on you to make calls because they literally don’t have the ability. Making good calls is dependent on how aware you are of your horse.
“I’m going to do everything like Jenny Bacon because it works for her”, is what an aware rider never said. Be aware, and be able to adapt.