Jeremy Renner Reveals Key Insight from Snowplow Ordeal

Jeremy Renner's journey of recovery teaches profound resilience.

by Nouman Rasool
Jeremy Renner Reveals Key Insight from Snowplow Ordeal
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"Avenger" great Jeremy Renner dished about a near-fatal snow plow accident and deep insights in this candid interview with Jimmy Fallon. Even though he went through a grim ordeal of 38 broken bones and a popped-out eyeball, the spirit in Renner has remained unscathed, leaving it largely transformed in perspective on adversity and resilience.

The incident happened at Renner's Lake Tahoe home as he tried to get command over 12 feet of snow with the help of a plow. But what got taken too far was this machine, which very nearly crushed his nephew. Desperate to get on track, Renner got entangled in the tracks of the plow.

Renner said he remembers it being the important time when "I had to exhale with all my might so I can suck air back in. Didn't know I had a popped lung and all this other stuff going on, but I just had to breathe. If I didn't breathe, then I would've been gone.

Forget the eyeball and all the titanium and the broken bones."

Resilience and Recovery

He was flown to a nearby hospital, and he remained there for many operations and months. Looking back on it, he says parts of his body are now held together with metal rods-including his left shin, the right side of his back, and half his face.

For what it's worth, Renner's life perspective remains remarkably high. He shared something very simple but very strong: "One step at a time." He explained the need to remain composed and focused during the most trying moments in life.

"If we get too stressed or if things get too difficult, or if it's insurmountable odds, just put one foot down and then another foot down and move towards it," he advised. Renner's has been a life experience that tests the physical and emotional limits, shaping new definitions not only of personal trials, but also triumphs.

"It's like I won't have a bad day for the rest of my life. It's impossible," he told Fallon. His story is one that shows how the human spirit can overcome adversity and find meaning in the midst of chaos.

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