laura.obermeyerIt sucks so much, and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone. Knees are the worst. I had my surgery in October and missed the entire season, so just be constantly grateful and stoked about what you've been able to do, because that will help tone down the negative thoughts. I just focused on my photography, went back and edited old stuff, and found that reflecting on adventures, both skiing and not, really helped. It's small, but every bit of positivity helps.
I became much more mentally active in the industry itself too, got a job working in a ski shop as opposed to instructing, and tried to learn as much as I could about what goes into making a mountain. I also lucked out living in CT, since this winter was the one to miss.
Hammock, write, create, interact with people, and learn. Try not to let the shitty situation get the best of you- use it to motivate you in PT and the hellish week after surgery.
Feel free to shoot me a message too if you're wondering anything regarding surgery/recovery times and what not! :)
dude this rocks. you just made my situation way more positive! I'm gonna focus on rehabbing the hell out of my knee after my surgery and get out there again next season. I kinda lost my job as an instructor now (sorta-- they just don't really schedule me anymore) and working in a ski shop sounds prime. I'm gonna grab a hammock, a camera, and surf around this summer just meeting cool people and being stoked on life. My situation has gotten me pretty down lately but I forgot that this kind of injury is totally common in the ski industry. I'm stoked to have so many chill girls and guys to connect with on ns! I haven't been super prominent on this site ever, just watching edits and checking the forums and w/e, and now i'm totally stoked on connecting with all you guys.