The building of previously unknown resilience…

I was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP), something which I couldn’t prevent, change or know any different from.

Learning how to do simple tasks were tackled in one dimension, the way I could and “adapt” around.

Looking back now, the big challenges & hurdles faced were not, in reality, about me being able to do things right, but rather adapting to “norms” that I had to change with throughout.

I was taught that I was different, or rather that I have to do it slightly differently to how others did it – that it was a bigger challenge, extra time had to be allocated for me to things or things had to be adapted to accommodate my dexterity issues.

This created a stigma in my mind about my own ability growing up, limitations that I had placed upon myself. This is no ones fault, it’s something that I had to process individually, but I imagine I not alone in this.

The “adaptions” I had created were, in fact, the only way I knew how to work through applications of tasks. So, I ask now, does that make them an adaption to me personally or having to “fit in”? It’s an interesting question isn’t it? I suppose we all face this is some or another.

It was my only way. That being said, it was the process of being shown a particularly way that suited an able bodied peer that created the hurdles – knowing that I had to (more often that not) find my own individual way to make things work to its optimum level.

Now I don’t look back and resent this, unbeknown to me at the time, it was building resilience that would form through this process throughout my life & in someways I unwittingly used it to build a subconscious strength that I still use to this day.

I am me and I wouldn’t change my disability that I have, it is part of me and the path that I’m on.

Published by Matt Elson

Bringing you the latest in not only my personal journal into the world of disability Bodybuilding, but a discovery into latest events, profiles, news and promoting awareness of this great sport Based in Bristol in the UK, I’ve been competing in Disability Bodybuilding for the last 3 years in a journey which has taken me all over the country to national, international & world championships and I am so so grateful for that opportunity that had changed my life. Living with Cerebal Palsy has its challenges, but everyone has their individual hurdles to negotiate. Gaining strength both physically & mentally and adapting to the surrounding is all part of this journey. This is a mission to raise awareness, to promote our great category to develop opportunities for others. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss more!

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