And it wasn't the only class that I placed wrong that day that I still had to march into the reasons room and tell the officials why I felt the need to disagree with them so strongly. On that particular Crossbred Market Hogs class, I simple busted it (which in the judging world means you messed up only 3 of 4 of them and didn't kill yourself but basically took yourself out of the top ten) and managed not to sound like too much of a fool in the reasons room. I unfortunately can't say for one of my sets.
I was pretty disappointed in myself and I didn't really know what to think.
It only took a day and I decided that I needed to sound like a fool this weekend at the National Barrow Show. Why? I needed a reminder on why I am doing this and how hard I still need to work. I didn't stick around for another semester for nothing. Not only do I want another piece of hardware, but I want to know I did the best I could and be proud of myself. I was not too proud Monday afternoon when I walked out of my last set thinking I talked really well...only too find out I simple busted every single class I so confidently just got done explaining.
Here is the thing...I have been so blessed in my past 22 years and have not experienced a devastating amount of hardships. I haven't got declined from many jobs, have an amazing boyfriend, have won my fair share of awards and somehow I have consistently done well in school. I think sometimes when life gets that good we just start to expect it to stay that good...without doing the work needed.
Whether it is a steer, paper, judging class or job....you can't succeed without a little determination and a lot of hard work. I learned it the hard way this weekend and I am hoping I can save you from the trouble as well. I strongly encourage you to take a moment while your reading this and think about something you could work just a little bit harder at--and then do it.
Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it. -Unknown
You can take my word I will be prepared when we hit the road to Kansas. :)