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“Healing is a matter of time, but sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” -Dan Millman
As I sit here thumbing through a book that C.R. once recommended to me, I flip to this quote. I feel like he could have said these words himself. The words have truth to them, a truth that C.R. instilled in me on more than one occasion. He was with me when I got hurt last season and I don’t think I could have been with anyone better. He reminded me that life is good and cheered me right up as he sang along to his mediocre guitar tune and made up a song about my knee. He made me laugh often. Being in his presence, I had to stay positive. He had overcome career-ending injuries before and surpassed all expectations by coming back with vengeance and even landing a third place finish at this year’s Redbull Linecatchers event.
To make a donation in C.R’s name, go to www.crjohnson.org.
When I think back on moments spent with C.R., I recall times when he was giving me advice about something. At Retallack, BC, last year, we were both talking about spinning off cliffs. He was giving me tips and telling me things that he had to relearn how to do after his accident in 2005, which left him in a coma for 10 days. I felt like he understood exactly what I was talking about and he took time to listen. He was a teacher with great passion. He had drive and I will never forget his will to succeed.
If he didn’t spread wisdom though his words, he did through his actions. As a pioneer in not only half pipe skiing and slopestyle, but also in bringing tricks to natural terrain, C.R. was definitely considered to be ahead of his time and one of the best. After Spyder, one of his longtime sponsors, decided to go a different route, leaving C.R. without an outerwear sponsor, he had no problem designing his own gear and spoke creatively about his new project of starting his own company.
When I heard the news that he had passed, I grabbed my book Way of the Peaceful Warrior and started to read. Through his recommendation of this book, C.R. had touched on something very special. A sort of philosophical outlook on life. A new way of living. A way of appreciating everything in existence and being grateful, which he was. When I came across this quote, “Healing is a matter of time, but sometimes also a matter of opportunity” I couldn’t help but think of C.R. and how true the words are. Love you, buddy. Good luck beating Shane to the first chair.