For over two years I’ve been pouring my heart out to everyone and making my life public. It’s the best thing I ever did and it honestly saved me. It started off dark but the support that I gained over time helped me to realize why I was still here. When I once was lost I now have a purpose and it was much greater than anything physical. I would’ve been happy just to change one life but I found that by being brutally honest I could affect many. All the struggles that I went through were now worth it. I now had a powerful story and message that I could use to change peoples perspectives, to make them not take the little things in life for granted, and most importantly to prevent them from making the same mistakes that I did.
I’ve been told that my story is comically tragic. When I tell someone about my story I can’t help but laugh about some of the things that I’ve done. I don’t think there’s a better way to react to a tragedy than to look back at it and laugh and put a smile on your face and move on. I’m all smiles these days. I don’t recall one bad day in 2013. It’s because now I enjoy the little things in life. I’m perfectly content just leaning back with my head against the wall and putting my headphones on and getting lost in music.
I don’t care how cold it is outside I’m always going to go out there. If the sun is out I’ll just sit there and listen to music on top of a parking garage and let the sun beat down on me. If the lyrics of a song inspire me to write something then I’ll start writing. I love being on top of the parking garage being isolated from everyone with the silence and view of the city and being able to talk out loud to my phone so that I can type. Things that simple make me happy.
I’m sure that when everyone of you heard about my accident you wondered how I would cope if I could never waterski again. A passion that started when I was just three years old and ended three months before my accident when we won the national championship for Ohio State.
Now that passion has been replaced by something that is more rewarding and thrilling than my greatest physical passion. I started speaking in the spring of 2012 and since then I’ve done over 40 talks speaking to around 3,000 people all without accepting a dollar. I was proud to be selected to do a TED talk, and although it was not my greatest performance, it gave me the courage to be able to speak comfortably in front of any audience. You can see people on the edge of their seats and all of their eyes are directly on you. In the end there is applause but the greatest and most rewarding part is talking to those people who tell me how my story truly touched them and how it affected them.
So the year in review for 2013. It started off with an addiction to 5 Hour Energy to keep myself going to finish the book, which was completed in February. The next highlight was speaking in front of 750 people for TEDxOhioStateUniversity. The year was filled with many other enjoyable speeches including my favorite to 100 fourth-graders. I found that my story and the messages within it could be catered to audiences of any age and all different types of professions. The Kickstarter campaign was a huge success. This allowed me to be able to hire an editor, get the cover designed, sign up for classes to learn how to build a platform, become a better writer, and how to publish a successful book. I got to spend some time with Jim Tressel and speak to his class. I gained many advocates to help me further my career. The year could not have ended any better with the publication of my story in (614) Magazine. Now finally my business plan is ready to be reviewed and if approved it will be the start of Adam Helbling, LLC where funding will be approved to help further my career as a motivational speaker and an author.
2013 has proved to be the most rewarding and fulfilling year of my life. I truly did find myself this year and the person that I found I am truly proud to stare at in the mirror each day. There is true purpose in my life now and it is the result of what some would say would be a horrible tragedy but to me it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Thank you for helping make this year the best year of my life!