London Goat Race (anyone can be a champ)

 

(Above: owed to the Champ)

 For the last few years London has hosted an event so charming it has captured the imagination of many Londoners. ‘What are you up to this weekend?’ ‘I’m going to watch the goats race’. 

Upon arrival we wondered through the adult fun fair and found ourselves at the racers enclosure. And there they were, two delightful pygmy goats.  

(Photo credit obviously to Tinyhooplet)

 First was a dark chocolate brown goat (racing for Cambridge). An otherwise occupied chap who was very much more interested in eating than entertaining. He seemed focused. Fair game.  His competitor however, was a little tawny fire cracker. This little guy worked the crowds with his red carpet ‘over the shoulder pose’ and within minutes seemed to have acquired a substantial fan base – racing for Oxford was Hamish.

Below: Hamish stopped to say hi on his pre-race rounds.

 

After winning said race the champ retired to his winners enclosure to eat his cabbage trophy.  Which, importantly, he was not willing to share with his cheery loser pal.

The Oxbridge goats run that race every day to get food. Subconsciously dedicated to training. With just one of these events a year the farm is able to raise enough money to feed all the animals for the entire year! Hamish is now effectively the farm’s Grub Santa.

I think a lot can be taken away from seeing Hamish.

1. Persue your goal

2. Sometimes the little things you do contribute to something much greater – so don’t be afraid to get involved

3. Never share your cabbage trophy. 

 

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Buying tickets for mysterious journeys. (taking the first step)

What if one day you showed up to a train station and all the trains were unmarked? There was no information of departure times, journey lengths or destinations.  All you have is the knowledge that your destination actually exists and the tenacity to keep changing trains until you finally get to your destination.

What if you never get there – knowing it’s where you truly belong?

Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I started on my own journey to becoming a published children’s book author / illustrator.

Where do I start? What will I need to know along the way? All of these things have the ability to overwhelm even the most tenacious into submission and tenacity was never something I was associated with.

Yet, in the six months that I have (consciously) dedicated to learning this craft I safely feel like I have finally gotten on the right train and have made the right connections. Anyone who has set out on a treacherous, saturated career route that, at best, is dimly lit will appreciate how much a ‘right track’ sign can mean.

I wanted to document the journey that I have taken so far as well as the roads I take in the future to map out my own path (selfishly) but also hopefully to help others thinking of starting a similar journey of their own.

DISCLAIMER: I am not yet published. I am just honing skills and in the next 3 – 4 years hope to be able to say something different.

You are welcome to join me on my journey through the abyss.

Mel.