Shane Booth: The Man that Speaks
Quite often the choices that we make along with the things that we do, they effect how we are and how we live for the rest our lives. On the 5th August 2009, me and my best friend and now best man Simon and I, made what turned out to be an almost catastrophic decision.
During August we did what we’d often done before, we went across to Germany on the motorbikes for a lad’s holiday. On the 5th August, my life ended paving the way for a new life to begin.
Early that morning we’d made the decision to go down to the Eiffel Region of Germany and ride the Nürburgring. After a pretty spectacular day on the ring we decided to head back to where we had been staying. Like all the roads in Germany they are amazing. We’d reached the B500 also known as The Romantic Road, when because the road was so good and so twisty (lots of knee down action), we must have simultaneously thought to ourselves wouldn’t it be a good idea to go back and ride that same stretch of road again.
We pulled over, had a chat about it and arrived at the very same decision, to go back and ride that exact same stretch of road again.
That split-second decision turned out to be the best decision, and the worst decision that I’ve ever made.
It was the best decision because, I met my wonderful wife and family and we now live in our beautiful home sitting on four acres of land.
It was the worst decision because, I was left fighting for my life with several broken limbs and a traumatic brain injury.
Imagine what it’s like, one minute you’re on top of the world, a very successful athlete, and an incredibly successful businessman. Then to wake up one day not knowing who you are, or where you are. You can’t physically do anything for yourself, you can’t speak or do anything that you’d once taken for granted. “Even the simplest things are now an impossible task”.
I’m almost ten years post-accident and I’m left disabled, unable to walk unaided, not knowing if I ever will, my speech has good days and bbad. Being disabled and being a wheelchair user is something that I never anticipated would happen. It’s happened and the only saving grace, is my wonderful wife and my speech has recovered enough to be enjoying my public speaking journey.
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