A single moment changed my life. It happened two years ago and is still fresh in my memory. I wrote about my accident and recovery here:
After two years, I'm still climbing back to the fitness level when it happened. It takes time.
Going through this recovery process, I've learned that broken bones become stronger when healed. The scars are permanent, but with time become less noticeable. They have stories to tell and lessons to teach.
The most important thing when overcoming injuries is to focus on healing and adaptation until fully recovered. There is always a silver lining in any life-changing event. Focusing on the positives is hard, but it is the most critical aspect of recovery.
In the accident, my collar bone was broken in half in two places and flipped 180 degrees. The orthopedic surgeon told me that she didn't even know how to put a plate and screws to make it work, so she advised to wait and see if the bone heals itself. It was unnerving to hear that, but I also didn't want to go through surgery. So we waited...
While healing, I tried to take care of my arm so that the collarbone heals properly. That meant diligently wearing a sling and monitoring my sleeping position to relieve any pressure. Every 3 weeks, I had an X-Ray to check in on the progress, and after 8 weeks, the collarbone actually healed itself. Even though there is now a visible bump and my range of arm motion is at 90%, I'm happy with that.
The leg scars also healed faster with the advice that @Chris gave me: "Circulate the blood through the leg." So I did some light spinning on the trainer for a few weeks. My doctor was impressed at how well the scars healed.
Here is a photo of me being released from the hospital after the accident. It was a very dark day inside my mind, and the pain made it very difficult to focus on the path to recovery. I didn't want to take any pain killers, and every step hurt like hell. I wouldn't recommend this to everyone. Still, it helped me be aware of the progress of healing and careful with specific physical motions.