OTHERS

What I Learned in my Teens

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Tope Onanuga

5 Lessons I Learned in my Teens

Turning 22 years old a few months ago and with the new year around the corner, I thought that it would be a good time to reflect on the lessons that I learned in my teens.

1. You will be heard

Occasionally, it may feel like you are not being heard. However, don’t feel worried, as there is someone out there willing to listen to you. Whether it is teachers or family members, just speak up and share your opinions.

2. Get involved in events

Events are a great way to socialize and meet new people, so even if it is just small events- try and get involved. Start with the small parts and build up from there as this can be a good way to expand your knowledge and learn new things.

3. Take your own time

I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t upset that certain things took longer for me to complete, but that’s okay. Over the years I have learned that it is okay to take your time, making sure that you are doing things in a way that suits you best. Most importantly, remember that you will get there in the end.

4. Keep a record of your achievements

There are times when I feel down and think that I can’t achieve much due to my disability. However, when I look back at my achievements, (ie. taking part in sports events) this makes me feel happy and know that I should never give up. Therefore, use a diary or pictures to look back on your achievements which will remind you of all the amazing things you have accomplished.

5. Support networks

Support networks may take the time to find. Nonetheless, once you have found it don’t let go as they can be extremely beneficial in giving advice and help you when needed. This is where I would like to acknowledge The Advocacy Academy, Access Aspirations and HemiHelp, thank you. I would also like to take this time to acknowledge Disability History Month UK.

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