Things I would tell my younger self

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the advice that I would give my younger self if I could. By this I mean me about ten years ago at the age of 13. I’ve put in a lot of hard work in lots of different ways and I’ve achieved so many things since then. I surprise myself (in a good way) on a pretty regular basis. There are so many things the me of today would like to tell the me of the past. I thought I’d post some of them here:

1.       Always do your physio even though you don’t want to

I am the first to hold my hand in the air and admit that I did not do as much physio as I could, or should have done in the past, despite my parents and the physios always telling me how important it was and encouraging me as much as possible. The fact that I didn’t work hard enough was no one’s fault but my own. I wish I could tell myself not to have that attitude towards physio.

2.       You’ll start to enjoy physio, you know. Yes, really.

Thankfully, I did hit a turning point with this one after I had my surgery at sixteen. I found that I liked pushing myself to try and be able to do more and more and watching myself get better at all of the different exercises I was given. Also, I knew that I wanted to be back on my feet as soon as possible. I started working much, much harder at my physio.  I still enjoy watching myself improve, especially at the exercises I find really hard at first. I will admit though that I could still do more now too.

3.       Your hard work will pay off

I wish that I could go back and tell my younger self just how far my hard work has got me these days. Of course, I haven’t done this alone. I’ve had lots of support from lots of people along the way for which I’m grateful .I personally feel that I can do so much more now than I could back then. I don’t think 13-year-old Nic would believe me if I told her just how far we’ve all come together. Let’s hope it continues for a long time yet because I still feel like I can achieve even more as long as I keep trying. And, as long as I still feel that way, I know I will keep trying.

4.       It’s okay to feel proud of yourself

Often, when I achieved something, I would always try and brush it off and act like it was no big deal rather than letting myself accept that I’d done well. These days, I do allow myself to feel proud of things I achieve and use that as motivation to keep pushing forward.

5.       Everyone needs help sometimes

Because I think I needed to remind myself of that a whole lot more. This brings me on to…

6.       No one can do everything

Maybe this is actually the same point as the one above, but I think that I probably needed to phrase it both ways to myself.

7.       I know you don’t believe me now, but one day, you’ll see

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9 thoughts on “Things I would tell my younger self

  1. If I could, I would tell my younger self most of the same things… and yes my hand’s up for not doing as much physio and I should too!! – although I have vastly improved, especially over the last couple of weeks, when at my last physio appointment she told me that I need to be more strict about self management (doing my stretches really) or I’m wasting my to and effectively hers…. I really respect that if I’m willing to put the work in she is too…. I think it helps that she’s a similar age to me. Plus I’m beginning to see results 🙂
    The main thing I would tell my younger self is that one day you’ll accept cp as part of you, and you’ll talk about it openly, and maybe even help other people to learn about and accept cp. When I was younger I really didn’t like talking about it

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    1. I’m glad that you’re starting to see results. Good luck with it. I think one of the hardest parts is getting into a routine with it all.

      Talking about CP has never really bothered me personally, but I know that it’s not something that everyone finds easy or enjoys doing.

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  2. Gosh Nic I cannot tell you how great your blog is!!!!! As a mum of a child with CP (similar to that of your own), the window of insight to your experience and your “hindsight” is invaluable. Thank you so much for sharing (you often make me a bit teary………but then at the same time you make me smile!)

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    1. Thanks Angela, I’m really glad that you enjoy reading the blog and I always love reading your really nice comments. Good luck to your little girl and your family

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