After the surgery, I was really depressed. My Paralympic gold medal dreams had been put on hold and I had no idea what to do with my life.
I have a strong belief that everything in life happens for a reason but at that moment I had such a hard time finding a reason for this. To get some inspiration I had a coffee with my friend Johan who is a badass adventurer (climbed Everest, skied to North Pole etc). We joked and had a great time until he out of the blue said: Aron what do you say about climbing Mt. Kebnekaise?
I just looked at him in disbelief and pointed to my wheelchair and said. Johan – have you seen this thing that I’m sitting in? Of course, I can’t climb the highest mountain of Sweden!
But Johan didn’t take no for an answer and promised me that we would find a way for me to climb the mountain.
After saying No for two weeks I finally said Okay – let’s give it a try.
I used crutches, pulled my self up on my arms and crawled. I was one of the hardest things I had ever done in my life. Today I’m incredibly happy that I said Yes. That changed my life.
Sitting on the summit looking down from Kebnekaise is one of the greatest moments of my life. And a moment that I’m incredibly proud over.
Kebnekaise made me realize that my potential is endless and today I live as a professional adventurer and motivational speaker.
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