Because humans are social animals and live in groups, we are taught conformity from an early age. Nobody wants to stick out and we all strive to blend in. In fact, we often are so concerned about what others think of us that we change our behavior to match those around us even though our opinions may be very different. Here’s the funny thing though – we are all individuals. So, be yourself!
No one else is YOU, and THAT is your power!
The author of this book, Aaron Philip, is a teen artist who has cerebral palsy. He wants us to know that, except for his disability, he is just like the rest of us. He records his journey as a baby born in the Caribbean Islands to teen living in New York City. Some people may assume that those who have difficulty speaking are slow mentally, but that’s not the case. When he was 12, he started a Tumblr Blog called
This caught the attention of David Karp, Tumblr’s chief executive who invited Aaron to speak to his staff. SEE VIDEO BELOW
His honest, funny stories about his life, his art, and his disability were eye-opening to many people. Some people expect the disabled to be depressed. The missed opportunities because of physical limitations and social stigma suck, but Aaron wants us to know that they aren’t feeling sorry for themselves or being consumed with jealousy.
They have a life. And he does too.
Here is a boy who refuses to be defined by his disability. He knows he is more than just that one thing. He knows that being himself gives him the ability to succeed.