“What happens to the human heart when it is debilitated and broken into believing it is nothing? There are two options when the spirit is broken…Total brokenness or strength that surpassed the hearts original state. As cheesy as it is, the saying is true, "what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.
Two years ago, before I ever met him, the man of my dreams nearly died. Martin has always been passionate in pursuing his dreams. Stories have been told of how when he was a boy, he would take up the whole road with skate jumps and ramps. Growing up on the Isle of Skye gave Marty the perfect playground. All of his childhood adventures eventually led him to Mammoth.
Friday the 13th, 2011, Marty was snowboarding in Mammoth. He over-shot a jump and broke his C-2. He should have died. Through terrifying and heart-breaking circumstances, my love came back to Mammoth March of last year to snowboard again, and that is where we met.
I think back to where my life was when Marty broke his neck; as Marty’s body was broken, my spirit was being rebuilt. From half way around the world, we were in the same place. My mother always said that’s how it would happen, this love thing. She said my husband and I would both be running towards Jesus-to wholeness and we would look over and say, “You! You are the partner I’ve been waiting for!”
I didn’t get to walk through the hardest part of Marty’s journey with him. For a long time, that made me sad. Now I see though, that two years after his accident, a little over a year after we got together- we met at exactly the right time. Neither of us are perfect but we are strong enough to be partners-to be friends. We don’t need each other, we’re capable of being on our own-but we choose to be strong together.
So here I sit, after years of ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, and I am happy. It all makes sense now. I don’t have to wonder, “why?” anymore. There is peace and contentment. Now, don’t get me wrong, our lives are not perfect. Unexpected things still happen, Marty and I sometimes disagree, people we love still die-however, with two of us, the burden is half as heavy and we are twice as strong. So I can say confidently, everything we went through was worth it and we are exactly where we are meant to be-and today, that’s in front of a camp fire" <3