A brief visual and textual summary of the book, Learning To Fall. The following story has a Kurt Vonnegut story arc of Cinderella.
My journey to now is certainly a story to tell. Allow me to show you what it is all about...
My father and I loved horse racing. Tragically, however, my father, Luke Seymour, died when the horses we brought panicked from a sudden earthquake and escaped their trailer with one of them running away and trampling on him and the other being killed from another car...
Moving forward a few weeks, my mom and I discovered that a few months before my dad was tragically slaughtered, he had dug our ranch into severe debt with its mortgage. This means that it was up to my mother and I to save our ranch...
So, I decided to take action. After months of attempting to cram in my veterinarian school and running the family business while also trying to get us out of the hole of the family debt, I finally decided enough was enough. I made the decision to risk my veterinarian scholarship by winning one million dollars at the Spruce Meadows Gold Cup to dig the family business out of debt. I asked a longtime family friend, Ian Finlay (A.K.A Uncle Ian), for him to find a trainer for me. He had managed to find horse racing legend, Jason Laner, whom I would grow close feelings towards somewhere later in somewhere in my story. With his support, I had managed to reach the final round of the tournament, but...
Jett and I got injured on the final jump of the second-to-last round. Jett contracted a minor injury on his hind leg and would not be able to do competitive racing nor training for about one month. I thought it was over and I had lost everything. This led me into a deep hopelessness and depression for some weeks. I pushed away the people I loved and cared about when they tried to help me, I remained isolated for weeks in my hotel room, and I felt there was nothing I can do about fixing these burdens...
During this time period, I had decided to visit Jason Laner's extremely sick niece, Eve. When I saw how sick and close to death Eve seemed, a sudden realization swooped inside of me that of which how good I really had it. I still had a long life ahead of me and what I needed to do is focus on the present and that is saving the ranch I spent all my life in. From there, I returned to training without pushing me nor Jett too hard because of the injuries we both still obtained. With all the training and hard work, I managed to walk away with the championship in front of about 80,000 people (much more than in this picture). The moment Jason, my mom, and one of my helpers at the ranch, Derek is one I will never forget. This moment leads me to where I am today: Happy and looking forward to see what life brings me next.
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