I have achieved a lot in my life, not as someone with cerebral palsy or a disabled person, but as a person, far more than most people of any age. This is not because I have been especially privileged or things have been easy, far from it, but because I have been prepared to make the most of the opportunities provided to me, the same opportunities many people have but do not often take up. I just overcame the barriers in the way of the opportunities because for me, it was natural to do so.
I am not sure I am a ‘lucky’ unless you believe you can make your own luck but I do know I have worked hard and continue to work to achieve what I achieve and I resent people who do not know me calling me lucky simply because I am able to work, dismissing the many barriers I face. I know I am not special but I am doing my bit and following my journey.
I know who I am and I am proud of who I am, and I love myself and what I have grown and matured into. Today is always the best day of my life because it is a combination of all the many wonderful memories I have from every day before it. I am positive but I do live in the real world and when I see something that is not quite right, I do anything I can to correct it, rather than simply moaning on the sidelines.
Who I am and what I achieved is natural to me and I can not imagine life being any other ways as I have a lifetime full of memories to keep me smiling when the days feel dark.