I’d like you all to do me a favour, please think about your lives as they are now, think about all of those things that you do and, you probably take for granted.

Things like: –

  • Taking yourself to a restaurant;
  • Going for a haircut;
  • Taking yourself shopping;
  • Going out on a date with that special someone;
  • Take yourself to work;

The list is endless but, I’m sure that you get the idea….

Then take a moment to think about the things that you’ve learnt about my life before my accident. The successes that I had which, was taken from me in the blink of an eye.

Then I’d like you to take a moment to imagine what it must be like to have had literally everything taken from you many of which, you had probably learnt as a small child.

Things like: –

  • Learning to swim;
  • Learning to write or, simply draw a picture;
  • Learning to toilet yourself;
  • Learning to shower and, dress yourself;
  • Learning how to speak;

Again the list is endless but, I’m sure that you get the idea….

Then something happens in your life and, its all so rudely taken from you.

I would have been 35 years of age at the time of my accident, life in general was a pretty awesome place to be, I was in a high powered job as the sales director for IBM Rational, I didn’t have to ask somebody if I wanted a drink or, something to eat.      

I was fortunate enough to not need for I would say probably anything.

I left school at the age of 16 years old, I then spent a further 19 years building an amazing career, 14 years ago my life was in the mix.

When I listen to the horror stories following my accident I shouldn’t even be alive let alone cycling again or, competitive cycling.

When I sit back and, I try to imagine what my life could have been like and, it very nearly was I thank heavens for small mercies.    

I’m guessing that everybody knows the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty?

If you don’t let me remind you: –

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the kings horses and, all the kings men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again 

Now if you change the words slightly: –

Shane Booth was at the top of his game

Shane Booth was involved in a motorbike accident that left him fighting for his life

All the doctors and, all the neurosurgeons

Couldn’t put Shane together again

Its so easy at this point to think that I’ve completely lost the plot but, when you look at what I’ve lost you can probably understand where I’m coming from.

The difference between Humpty Dumpty and, myself is whilst Humpty Dumpty’s life was over, I’ve been able to create a new life for myself, some would argue the fact that I’ve created a far more successful life as a public speaker who can ride the wheels off my recumbent trike.  

There has been some dark days since my accident but, I happen to think well, I’m hoping that I’ve got through the majority of my suffering and, l have created a life for myself that I can be proud of.

I was given a chance when Humpty Dumpty wasn’t.