This blog post was also published on Yoocan, which you can read here
Turning twenty, two 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 have learnt 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, teachers or family members, so speak up and share your opinions.
2. Get involved in events
Events are a great way to socialise 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, as over the years I have learnt 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.
4. Keep a record of your achievements
There are times that I feel down and think that I can’t achieve much due to my disability. However, when I look back at my achievements, for example taking part in sports events, this makes me feel happy and know that I should not give up. Therefore, use a diary or pictures to look back on your achievements. Letting you know the amazing things that 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.