When life throws you a tree branch, try your hardest to dodge it before it gets lodged in your bottom lip.
If, for whatever reason, it does get stuck in your lip, take notes from ski instructor Natty Hagood, and take it like a champ.
Hagood had been snowboarding last week when he wiped out and ended up with a branch stuck in his face.
Not to worry, world! Thumbs-ups all around.
I'd imagine it was insanely painful, but based on Hagood's recount of the incident, he didn't feel a thing. The Wyoming native spoke to reporters for the Idaho State Journal, saying,
I thought maybe my chinstrap got pushed up into my face, so I tried to brush it off and that's when I felt the stick. So, I shook left to right and saw the stick moving in my peripherals. I reached out and grabbed it and wiggled it before realizing it was pretty far in there.
In other words, Natty was so caught up in the moment, he had no clue there was a gnarly 18-inch branch stuck in his face. Man, I wish I could be as chill as this guy is when tragedy strikes.
It was initially about a foot and half long. But I braced it against my cheek and snapped it down to about 6 inches. Ski patrol was all like, 'You're crazy, man.'
"Crazy" or solution-driven? The man is a fucking hero (for himself) and as you know, all great heroes are given a legendary nickname.
It is my pleasure to announce snowboarder and ski instructor Natty Hagood is now known as "Lipstick" and "Sticky" by locals throughout his community.
Honestly, I think this nickname was worth the pain. I mean, LIPSTICK? That's fucking genius. There's no denying it.
When asked if his injuries are difficult to deal with now that he's recovering, Hagood said,
When I laugh, I have to hold the left side of my face down at this weird angle that makes me look like this crotchety old man... I drool more than I used to.
Excessive drooling, 15 stitches and a $1,500 hospital bill? That's a small price to pay for legend status.