Matt Blaylock Discovers What He Can Do After His Accident

Editor’s Note: Twenty-one-year-old Matt Blaylock from Canton, Georgia was a strong, healthy, talented, three sport athlete, with a college scholarship in his pocket until his accident. Part 3 of a 5 part series.

When I got out of rehab, I was still paralyzed. I’d been highly successful – both physically and athletically. I realized that in the condition I was in, that was all gone. The one thing I did have left was my mind, so I knew that then was the time for me to start using my mind and discover all the things I could do with it. The time had come for me to grow mentally and spiritually. The first thing I had to deal with was what caused me to be in this situation. I’d made some bad choices, I’d done things I shouldn’t have done, and I felt that I had a responsibility to tell others not to make those same bad choices I’d made. I never would have thought that one or two decisions I’d made on the day I got hurt would change my life forever and dramatically impact my future.

I began to understand that if I could help other young people not make the same choices I’d made, I had the potential to prevent other young people from having accidents like mine. As I began to share my story with high school and college students, I believed I’d had a positive impact on their lives and their futures. This helped me grow tremendously as a human being, learning what was important and what wasn’t.

Matthew shares with other young people how important it is to make good decisions.

Matthew shares with other young people how important it is to make good decisions. Photo source.

Today I know I want to continue to learn and to grow. Right now, I’m in a better place mentally than I was right after the accident. If I could get my body to be in the same place as my head, I think the sky would be the limit. I realize that if I’m going to be a public speaker and be able to deliver my message in the best form to positively impact people, I need to learn more about how to be a good speaker. I didn’t have any public speaking classes before my accident, but now I’m going to Toastmasters, an organization that teaches people to be better speakers. I speak on how the decisions young people make now can affect the rest of their lives and also other people’s lives.

Matthew is learning to become a better public speaker so he can continue to share his story.

Matthew is learning to become a better public speaker so he can continue to share his story.

To learn more about Matt Blaylock, contact, or call 770-380-1432.

Next: Matt Blaylock Learns About What Really Matters In Life

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One Response to Matt Blaylock Discovers What He Can Do After His Accident

  1. Sean Breslin says:

    Wow…this was great. I remember this happening, and it was so tragic. Great read!

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