Truth be told I don’t know if these fine creatures are destined for our dining rooms or if their days will be spent parading up and down the street for the tourists and locals who come to watch, but I can say I enjoyed the experience.
It was a small glimpse of a different world than the one I know and walk in and I appreciated the small insight into it. It made me think about how we view the world and why normal for us might seem exotic to another.
And of course it was another moment where I wondered what sort of stories the men and women who run the cattle drive might have to share. I have a million different questions:
- How did they get involved with cattle?
- Did they grow up on a ranch and learn?
- Was it the family business?
- If you didn’t know a thing about cattle but wanted to get involved how would you do it?
- Does it pay well?
- What is a typical day like?
- What do they like about it?
- What do they hate about it?
I can only imagine what their answers would be and how they might generate other questions.
It All Comes Back To Story Telling
You’ll have to forgive me for talking shop while I share some of the moments that have come with my move but I see a connection here as it relates to story telling. Or more to the point, if someone asked me about how to market the cattle drive I would definitely want to create some profiles of the people involved in it.
These profiles might already exist but we’ll pretend they don’t so that we can run with this.
What we want to do is find a way to build connections between people here. We want to connect those who are working the cattle drive with those who don’t. We want that group to include people who would never go see the cattle drive as well as those who are happy to go.
And one of the primary ways to do it is by providing profiles of the people involved and some anecdotes about their experiences.
Stories build connections and provide a foundation to build relationships between people, even people who have little to nothing in common because stories are where we find common roots.
How Did You Get To Be Who You Are
The story of how you got to be who you are is something that many people can relate to, even if they are in a field that is diametrically opposed to yours. Heck, if you are like a lot of people you probably have a dream or two that you never got to follow.
The reason why you didn’t almost doesn’t matter, what matters is getting the chance to tell that story and share it with others.
Those are connections that are just waiting to happen, all that you need is an opportunity to share those tales about who you were, who you are and who you wished you could become.
Now About Those Cattle
Anyway if we circle back to the cattle you just watched in the video I will gladly confess that watching them march down the street made me wonder what it must have been like a 150 years ago in the Old West.
And then this wonderful scent of tasty barbecue came wafting through the air and I stared at those suckers and thought- “there goes dinner.”
Sometimes it is good to be a carnivore.