In Greek mythology, there’s a long-told story about Sisyphus, a king who twice cheated death only to be handed a terrible eternal punishment. For all of time, he was forced to roll a boulder up a hill without ever cresting the top. Each day was the same. Push the boulder up, up, up, straining against its weight. Then, watch the boulder near the hill’s highest point before slowly rolling back to the bottom. Repeat again, and again, and again.
Shelly understands the lesson in this story perhaps more than she ever wanted to.
The daughter of two young parents, Shelly grew up in Alabama during the 1970s and was athletic and adventurous from an early age.