Great thread! Just what I need right now.
Just like many of you above I blew my acl and meniscus this season. I am 5 weeks out from surgery right now. It has been really tough, it shut down my life. I moved to Colorado last winter after graduating from college and started my career on the park crew here at Beaver Creek. So once my knee was injured I was out skiing and a job.
I have been lucky enough to find temp jobs to do here and there. Today I am answer phones in a real estate office. This whole experience has only confirmed for me that there is nothing else I want to do with my life other that skiing. I need it to be an everyday part of my life.
The best thing is, just like what was said before. It is great that Doctors are great at repairing knees and we can come back in a relatively short time. In the mean time we should work on having an injured nser party to take our minds off of our troubles and share our simalar eperiences.
good luck to everyone else out there recouperating
Dude I've got the same thing going on right now. I've gotta take it easy all year. No competitions, no big tricks, nothing that there's any realistic risk of hitting my head. I haven't felt like myself for the longest tie it's like a part of me is gone. I've been able to get on the hill recently and do some smaller stuff. This last week I've gone out and I did some 5s and switch 7s and just having a fun time on the hill and I can honestly say that was the best day I've had since I heard about the year off.
Pretty much I can't live without skiing, I've come to realize that if it comes down to it I could abandon my hopes of making it as a pro and just ski recreationally, that would even be hard though I've been chasing that dream my whole life I don't feel like I have anything else, but without skiing I'd go insane
First of guys,
let me just say that waking up to all this was really fantastic. I knew i could count on all of you to have some solid thoughts about this...blurry situation. And all the love and vibes has really impressed me. This site is doing so much for skiing and everything that goes along side it. so big ups to all of NS.
to reply to a few of you individually: "what did you do? or whats hurt? +vibes from a fellow injured skier" - It is a broken collar bone/ seperated shoulder, but i ended up with a soft tissue injury as well. Due to a few strains it has ended up lasting longer than expected. thanks for the vibes man.
"Skiing is all about enjoyment. Having fun." - exactly. I ski because it makes me happy. thats the bottom line. really the only reason i am doing my best to make a career out of it boils down to me wanting to spend as much of my life as possible doing what i love. And giving back to the "lifestyle" that has given so much to me.
"A poem I wrote that relates:
Who am I
To hide the pain of the world
We cannot see the world forever as bare
Like seasons, each view deserves it’s due
But to live to see it bare again
Snow must cover it anew" this is great work. poetry is such a great form of expression and this is class work.
"Don't let skiing define you. This is coming from a person who lives in the mountains to ski, but it's true. There is a whole world out there, go explore it." - As a plan of action, it might be a more intelligent life choice not to have made skiing my absolute, but it hindsight of what it has done for me so far i dont regret it at all. If i could never ski another day in my life i would be completely destroyed, but equally as thankfull for the meaning and opportunities i have extracted from it thus far in my life. and by the way of seeing the world, skiing has given me a taste of this and i plan to take that as far as i possibly can.
I want to single out more text from these responses, but i think i have already made this reply intimidatingly long. thanks for reading and be so thoughtful about all this.
p.s. Mat, you are really helping me through this one. mad props to you sir.
I saw this quote in someone's sig a while ago, it defines perfectly what skiing is for me
"You put on your boots, click into your bindings, dust the snow off your skis, and head out for the chair, and it doesn't matter that you failed a test, didn't get the girl, or that your life is on a one way trip down the shitter, your world is right for the next couple of hours."