This inspiring, mesmerizing man. ❤
So many times I’ve heard that everything comes so much more easy, almost free, if you have talent, but Jerry definitely showed that it was only hard work that helped you create something to call your own. That talent isn't worth a thing if it's not combined with effort. His mind was so goddamn strong and I don't think the phrase 'I can't do that' in regards to something he wanted to do ever crossed his mind. If there ever was any fear, doubt, or feelings about not being good enough, it never showed on the outside. He had such dedication and strength, it seemed like nothing was strong enough to stop him. As an ex-rider, I can't recall how many times I've been told the old "throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow"-saying during jumping lessons, but Jerry was such a representation of it – whenever faced with challenges, he just seemed to throw his heart towards the finish line and just go for it without fear of the obstacle being too high or not even worrying about what might turn up behind it, and pity the fool who didn’t move out of the way fast enough. He tackled so many interviews in the same fashion, with the anticipation of a thoroughbred at the starting gate, impatiently waiting for the interviewer to finish their questions and for the gates to open up for him. I can easily spend hours listening to interviews with Jerry, because his intelligence and passion blows me away every time.
He was so passionate about everything he did, and it was impossible for me not to feel the same passion about him and about his magnificent work. The fact that there was something powerful enough to end this race of determination, dedication, strength, courage and the strongest of minds is perhaps the biggest shock of them all to me, even if I knew all along that it was inevitable. It still feels terrible, but instead of writing columns upon columns of sad words, I’d like to illuminate Jerry’s greatness and his strengths that I love and admire him so dearly for. ❤