Anyone who’s gone through a life-changing event will tell you that transformations do not always happen for the worse. Sometimes, what may seem to be a catastrophic turn of events can end up reshaping your entire reason for being.
In December of 1988, Sarah Will was a jubilant, attractive college graduate working as a carpenter in Aspen, Colorado. On her days off, she consumed hours ripping up the slopes, chasing after the perfect run. One morning while traversing across a hill to catch another lift, her skis came to an abrupt halt, launching her over her tips and onto her back. She couldn’t feel her legs. “I knew immediately what that meant. As you’re being ferried between one hospital room to another, you try to maintain hope. But when there’s no feeling in your legs and you can’t move your toes, it’s almost too much to absorb while holding out for the best. You need to focus on the present.” Some of her thoughts were, “Did I not pray enough? Is this an example of ‘What goes around, comes around?’ “But, I can’t ever recall asking myself, ‘Why me?’ because I accepted the fact that I was a skier and pursued a high risk sport.”