Omg, how smart you are! When people meet someone with CP, they assume that because our wapping doesn’t look like the “NORMAL” wrapping, we can’t be as intelligent as the next person. One of the things I vow to myself is always to keep learning. For me, it makes me feel like I’m making up for a part of life that I feel like I lack because my body won’t let me do the simple things in life that I wish I could do, such as putting on my damn socks without thinking feeling I did my daily yoga workout.
Things I would love to do:
- Run a 10k
- Ride on the back of a Harley Davidson
- Drive a car
- Go on a long hike
- Wear a pair of knee-high boots or atmore Petites two-inch heels
- Shave my underarms
- And more
These are just some improbable things for me because the cp won’t let me move the way I should when doing these things. These are just some dreams I have that would make me feel more “NORMAL.” I know my body just won’t let me do these things. I won’t use the word “CAN’T because there are things I can do, but when I say the word “can’t,” it mostly means I’m not giving myself a chance to see if I can do those things. ( just like when I was a kid, there was a roller skating party; I probably never should have tried roller skating, but I wanted to be just like the others and have a perfect time. I would not have had that experience if I had let the word “can’t” get in my way.)
Maybe, it’s just me that feels like this. Mentally, yes, I feel like we as people with cp don’t have limits, but I know my body has limits as much as I find ways to modify things I would like to try. I try to make up for what I can’t do physically by educating my mind as much as possible and by learning something new all the time.
I want people to know I’m more than what my wrapping shows. In today’s world, just by going on the world wide web, I could educate myself on cp just by using the net in the right way. The education I got was excellent about adults with cp. When I started questioning being an adult with cp, a friend of mine showed me a significant presence of the cp community on social media. I talked to other adults with cp. My friend opened me up to letting go of my fear of cp, in a way I never thought I would.
I used the net to educate myself, not just about cp. I also used it to familiarize myself with today’s current events so, when I’m in a group of people, I can know what they are talking about and add my opinion to the conversation. Not only does it show the people around me how capable I am, but it also shows me what a capable person I am.
For many years growing up, it was hard for me to see in myself. When you are growing, bullying can and will be a right of passage (I’m not condoning bullying, but back in my day, it made your skin thicker, today bullying is just outright mean because it’s not just left on the playground anymore.) When the bullying comes from the educator who should be open-minded about the student, that is a whole different level of bullying. The bullying I mostly got was from the educator, not being open-minded about a child with a disability. DON’T get me wrong; I did get bullied on the playground just like any other kid, and yes, it hurt, but I also chose the comment’s that hurt, but then I also chose the one’s that I just gave back as good or better than they gave me.
People with cerebral palsy will have firm opinions about anything in life. When people say, “you are so smart.” I’m not sure how to take that as a compliment or an insult. At some point, you have to think to yourself, is worth it to show the person who is highly intelligent with an MD after their name that I’m more than what I came in here for, or should I just roll my eyes and say to myself this guy got his MD in dumb ass.
In today’s society, people only see the wrapping that we were unfortunately dealt with. It can be hard to show the community we are much more than our wrapping. My purpose in life is to educate, willing open-minded. People that we are much more than our wrapping.