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I haven’t been very active here lately, but much has been going on personally. It’s hard to believe it’s been 8 weeks since I fractured my ankle, but I definitely see a bright light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, I’m blinded by it as each day brings me closer to normal physical activity. I’ve been in the gym the last two weeks slowly regaining my strength and flexibility, and I’ll be starting a formal rehab program in January. Hopefully I can get back on the trails soon, maybe even snowshoe before the winter is over. I’ve been single-minded in my determination to recover and get back to the outdoors, and I think this focus on a single goal has helped me recover faster and easier. Sure it’s been the most difficult 8 weeks I’ve ever endured physically, but seeing beyond the injury helped me avoid the pitfalls of depression, anxiety, and self-pity that often can drain your positive energy.

The glass was always half-full for me, and this was the single most important lesson I learned from this experience…no matter how hard or difficult a situation, perseverance, determination, and focus will always get you through. The difficulties of doing what I love to do, experience and capture beautiful images of the natural world, will be a piece of cake.

RR Jr

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