|Scooped by Leanna Shoniker|
This touching short documentary "Matt" by Seth Shapiro, follows a high school boy, Matthew Tapia who was born three months pre-mature and only 1.5 pounds. Doctors informed his parents that Matt had only a five-percent chance of survival. They concluded that if Matt were to survive, he would not be able to walk, talk, or think on his own, and would essentially be in a vegetative state. However, Matt is living his life defying the doctors expectations. He is able to do some things on his own including the thing he has a strong love and passion for: football.
I am inspired by Matt's personality and story. Matt's ability to love and offer value to himself is very motivational. He understands that every individual including himself has worth and value regardless of the state they are in. Matt refuses to think of himself as abnormal or unworthy, which means he must comprehend the concept of all human beings being created in the vision of God, therefore all human beings are sacred and worthy. I also found the way Matt handled his emotions quite motivational. Living with a disability obviously must be pretty difficult, and probably causes emotions such as hate, anger and fear, and sorrow to kick in when times get especially challenging. However, as shown in the documentary, Matt does not demonstrate these emotions. Instead, he must know how to handle them in a healthy fashion. Matt must understand that he cannot choose his emotions, but he can choose how he will act in response to these emotions. For example, when Matt feels angry about his disability, he may ask himself what needs to change for God's will to happen, and remind himself that he cannot do everything on his own and needs the help of God, as opposed to just feeling angry about his disability and taking his frustration out on himself or others.
This documentary has taught me a lot about self-worth and emotions. I learned that if Matt, even with a disability can have the confidence and maturity to offer himself self-worth, then I can too. I also learned that handling emotions in a healthy way will make me more happy and make the situation much easier. Matt handles his emotions in a healthy way, and he stays happy and his situations become less challenging to handle. The way Matt does that motivates me to act as he does.