How I'm Balancing My Adulthood Goals With Cerebral Palsy
I realize that everyone is different and has their own personal struggles. At some point in just about everyone’s life they are going to have a physical aliment that requires attention and a certain amount of rehabilitation. This is how I view my cerebral palsy. Some physical challenges that are kind of a pain to tend to and take care of. I am very self reliant, independent (physically and emotionally) and I don’t really consider myself disabled or challenged by the obstacles of what life has to offer. If there is something I physically can’t do, I ask for help, even though sometimes that is hard to do. There isn’t anything standing in my way of a full complete life.
I realize that looking at the bigger picture I am a minority. Not everyone has a life-long physical disability. People still view me differently than the average person because my speech is different and I walk differently. I am amazed at how I tend to react to people who make my differences a big deal. I think they are a little weird and I become a bit more standoffish to them than other people who don’t make my differences an issue. Even when people want to put me on a pedestal for the person they think I am, I get a little weirded out.
I consider myself no different than a person who is overweight and has lost a lot of weight, or people of a different skin color or ethnic group, or people who have struggled with a mental illness and had to overcome extra barriers to succeed. I don’t want to make a big deal about my physical diagnosis because frankly I have better things to think about and worry about.