Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Other Side of The Mountain

Based on a true story:  
I remember when this movie came out--The Other Side of The Mountain-is an inspirational movie I watched it yesterday--It gave me a new perspective and I wanted to blog about it.  If you do not know about this movie, the basic story is Jill loves snow, she loves skiing her ultimate goal is to be an Olympic down hill skier, she's very good at what she does and puts much effort into practicing, and finally achieving an Olympic trainer to help her make the finals into her most ultimate goal.

Her best friend during the movie gets a diagnosis of Polio, and is told she will not walk again in her life. Jill is devastated, but so reassuring and loving showing compassion every step of her friends journey.

Skip to Alta Utah, the final race for her to be on the Olympic team.  Jill is the favor to win, her coach, mom & dad and all of America are hoping, cheering, waiting to see her time as she crosses the finish line.  With words of encouragement from her coach she takes off down the hill, she loses her balance and spinning out of control, she falls to the other side of the mountain.  Ultimately Jill broke her neck, as the doctor tells her parents, they were expecting him to tell them she would need some therapy but would be up and going soon, when actually the doctor said it would be a miracle if she lives.

 Months and months of therapy, she is still alive, in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down.  Still Jill continues to tell her family and the media she will ski again, she's has the most beautiful smile and is so optimistic.  Her friend with polio comes to the hospital to visit, Jill is ecstatic to see her come into her room on crutches--she squeals with delight-- "Look at you, you're walking" they laugh and visit for awhile, all Jill can talk about is when she skis again, her friend looks at her and says "Be real, you are never going to walk again, your paralyzed, you need to start finding a new way to live, a way to accept what you've been given, your journey is not to ski again" then she continues on to tell her she would love for her to get out of that hospital, go see the bald children battling cancer, see the soldiers coming home with no legs or arms, their lives have blown away--be grateful for what you do have, and what you can do--then make the best of it.

This was not the most emotional part of the movie, but for me it was tears ran down my cheeks, and I know I didn't get the quotes exactly correct, but this is how I understood it.  There is always someone going through something worse, the life you are living should be lived being  grateful, make a difference to someone else, we all can find some strength, even if it's baby steps, right now, this is the right time and you are the only one who can decide how you will amaze not only others but yourself with what YOU CAN DO.