And, lastly, I have been working on a short story, off and on, for years now. Focused on a jet set young man, my story uncovers the proverbial tragedies and triumphs of a fictional horse breeding family. My principal character, Nigel Goodall, has charisma, enthusiasm and brilliant ideas about horses. Only recently did I finally add the finishing touches to the story and include it herewith. Since I plan to create a series of Goodall stories, it remains to be seen how Nigel will fare. Will he grow and mature into a responsible, successful horseman? There are bound to be some twists and turns, but I think he can get there. There is a Phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes lesson in the making in my first Nigel Goodall story that is poignant, but strangely relatable. As we all can reflect on adversities of our own pasts, and how we grew wiser because of those experiences, may we approach the Nigel Goodalls of the world with patience, empathy and words of sincere encouragement.
If the pandemic has taught me anything, it has driven home the fact that life is fleeting, and we are given one lifetime to make the world better than we found it. I am a history lover, but I am also a realist at my worst and an optimist at my best. It is impossible to delve into the lives and careers of great horses without delving into the lives and careers of horse people. Yes, there is much to learn from the past, but there is also much to learn from each other as we look ahead. No longer straddling the fence, I am firmly planted on the other side and the grass might even be a bit greener. I am looking forward to forging more great relationships and seeing where this road leads. God willing, it will be a long, exciting journey.
Author: Greg Freeman. Published September 25, 2021.