When I was a child I wasn’t aware or never attuned myself to my physical problems. I never honed in on the fact that those problems somehow made me different. I was aware that there were differences in my arms, legs and feet, but never understood what it all meant.
As children, we’re normally attuned to the differences, probably more than adults. If a child sees another child who is overweight that child will say something like “look mum that girl’s fat.” I’m not even sure what my peers saw or thought.
I see myself as being different because I have Cerebral Palsy. I was aware I had a problem.
The key points below should help those who are different to adjust:
- Believe in yourself. Use your uniqueness to move around your life. Don’t let the fact that you are different hold you back. Being able to overcome adversity will not only inspire you to do more, but will inspire others seeing the difference in you;
- Be positive. Always look for the positive in all situations;
- Spend time thinking about and working through your challenges. No challenge is beyond our reach; we must learn how to deal with them;
- Choose to have people around you who will support you unconditionally, whilst you work on your challenges.
I think as individuals we are all unique, but those who have a disability and are different are even more unique. It’s okay to be different. I think we should embrace and celebrate ‘being different.’
Being different has taught me about humility, it’s taught me how to reach out, it’s taught me about expression, it’s taught me about resilience and has taught me how to be a better person.
It’s also taught me about empathy, compassion, tolerance and about being kind.