OTHERS

Tips on how to stay true to yourself

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Alice Forrester-Smith

#1: WHY TRY TO STAND OUT WHEN YOU YOU WERE BORN TO BE DIFFERENT

Why try to fit in when you were born to stand out?

If I learned anything growing up with a disability it was that you shouldn’t give a damn what others think. Yes, there will always be that one who gets a kick out of bullying you, but they’ll grow out of it.

Ditch the judgemental lot and start excepting you for who you are.

#2: ONE DAY YOUR DREAMS WILL COME TRUE

Stay focused, believe in yourself and have faith. One day your dreams will come true   You can sit back and feel sorry for yourself or you can get up and do something about it. Having a disability doesn’t mean you can't fulfill your dreams. If anything it makes you stronger in the process of achieving that dream.

#3. DON'T BE AFRAID OF TRYING SOMETHING NEW

Don’t be afraid of trying something new.  Take baby steps if need be but always remember to enjoy the ride and live life to its fullest. You’ll only regret the things you never did

#4: ADJUST YOUR MINDSET AND KEEP SMASHING IT

Adjust your mindset and keep smashing it. Feeling sorry for yourself never helps anyone, I can tell you that. Just think, however hard you have it, there is always going to be someone there who has it ten times as bad.  Stay positive.

#5. CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY

Choose your friends wisely.  Having a bunch of people in your life can be great, however, what would you rather, a load of people who don’t really know much about you or a few who you know you can rely on? I know what I'd prefer.

#6: BE CONFIDENT

Be confident. Too many days are wasted comparing ourselves to others and wishing something we aren’t. Everybody has his or her strengths and weaknesses. It's only when you accept who you are that you will truly succeed.

#7: IT'S NOT A RACE

It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop. It's not a race to finish first, we all have our own ways of getting to where we are meant to be. Some may get there sooner than others but if we all thrive to be our best, we will get there one day.

#8: STOP DOUBTING YOURSELF

Stop doubting yourself; just remember how far you have come. Remember all the things you have faced, the battles you have won and all the fears you have overcome.

#9: NEVER GIVE IN

Never give in. Learning something new might be a challenge at first,t but if you carry it through it may be one of the best things to happen.

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