But I've got to get it off my chest. Social media is driving me nuts lately, especially Instagram. I know that I would be better off to not say anything, and I don't go about telling people they are wrong on social media sites, they can do whatever they want to do, but that doesn't mean I'm not bothered by it. There seems to be an obsession going around that wearing a flat brim hat and having a rope tied to your saddle makes you a "buckaroo". You don't need to be able to work a cow or use that rope, just dress the part and use a hashtag! I'm not just guessing that they lack those skills either, it's people I know and/or have rode with. I've been roping and ranching most of my life (since I was physically able to), and it bothers me when someone labels me as a "cowgirl". It seriously makes me cringe. Whatever happened to paying your dues and earning your stripes? That was a huge part of the Vaquero traditions, they and their horses had to earn the right to so much as tie a certain knot in their mecates! (alamar knot, it's a badge of honor) Less hat, more cowboy... as the saying goes. I hope some of you understand where I'm coming from here and don't rip me to bits, I just have it out for people that lead on to be something they aren't, that's all. I don't want to go around telling folks they can't do this and they can't do that, I just wish that people would be more humble about themselves and their abilities because talking yourself up can get you into big trouble. I wish there was a nice way to explain it to people, but I don't think there is. I will just have to keep biting my tongue! Rant over. Sorry, but I feel about 115% better that I ranted about this to someone other than my b/f for a change. I would really like to hear your thoughts on this too, if we can all keep it civil.