Professional Bull-Riding

Bucket lists are something that I love creating. I have written so many different lists over the years–often ones I forget about. However, there’s something so satisfying about writing down a goal and crossing it off. My lists can be grand or small. They can include traveling to different countries or as small as seeing certain movies in a year.

I have only a year and a half in Florida before I move back up North, so I’ve made a bucket list of things that need to get done in that time. My two biggest goals have been achieved.

  • 1) Get Disney World annual pass (and go as often as possible)
  • 2) Go to Kennedy Space Center

There are plenty more things on the list before May arrives. Like seeing certain movies that come out over the next few months, or going to a state park to see manatees and swim in a lagoon, and even celebrating Christmas at Hollywood Studios where they recreate a winter wonderland.

But today, I crossed off a rather interesting event: Professional Bull-Riding.

Don’t worry, I was watching a bull-riding competition. I wasn’t competing. I’m always fascinated by the super southern culture, and while it’s disappointing that I can’t really immerse myself in it in Florida, I was able to for an hour today.

The Space Coast State Fair had professional bull-riding and I desperately wanted to have that experience.

Welp, what an experience it was. It was a wake-up call for sure, recognizing who we were surrounded with. There were comments from the host about this event not being NFL event and that the riders would be standing for the National Anthem, but also, comments about illegal immigrants coming into our country and how the border should be closed–all while one of the riders was Brazilian, one was African American, and looking around, we were surrounded by a few different ethnicities. It would be an understatement if I said that my friend and my jaws didn’t hit the floor. Absolutely unprofessional.

However, it was an experience, and a reminder of those we may be surrounded by. We were definitely not in New York anymore.

On a higher note, the event was awesome. The bulls were absolutely fascinating. And all of them had such personalities, including the bull-riders themselves! The best part was it was cheap and we didn’t have to commit to such a long event. However, I enjoyed it so much that I’d love to go to a professional bull-riding event! Fun fact: there’s professional bull-riding at Madison Square Garden (who knew?!).

Moral of the story: another experience checked off the list, one I’ve wanted to do for quite some time! Now on to the next event! Seeing manatees.

What’s on your bucket list?

Chelsea Lauren

Chelsea Lauren is addicted to drinking coffee, writing in cafes, and walking the beach. A New York native, she recently moved to Melbourne, FL and found having conversations with her character’s on the beach is the perfect cure to writer’s block. To learn more about her, check out “About Me.” Her debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, is now available on Amazon.

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