It’s amazing to think about what can be gained when a loss is suffered. Exhibit A is Ryan Titchener of Jasper, Alberta. While mountain climbing a few years ago, he rested his hand on a boulder the size of a washing machine and it unexpectedly moved. He tumbled down the rocks, and the boulder rolled over his body, crushing his spine and paralyzing his legs. Beyond this loss, the immobility also robbed him of something further: his deep connection to the mountains and the outdoors.
But something unexpected happened to him over the next few years. As he rehabilitated his body, he realized he was gaining other things. As his fellow Jasper residents rallied to support him emotionally and financially, he felt deeper ties to his neighbours. As his strength grew, he found a new passion for sit-skiing at Jasper National Park’s beloved Marmot Basin ski resort, where he also worked. That led to an even deeper connection to the mountains and the outdoors.
As you can see in the video below, the accident that initially seemed to only remove things from Titchener gave him a new perspective on his life in Alberta.