Name: Kelsey Seguin

Social Media Handle/Username:@kelseyseguin___

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hi! 

My name is Kelsey. I am soon to be 25 (May, Taurus). Currently I am completing research for my masters thesis in sociology. My topic focuses on how having a child with cerebral palsy influences the meaning of being a dad. In fact, I have cerebral palsy myself. I was born at 25 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 6 ounces. The doctors said I may never walk but here I am, walking and living my best life. 

Otherwise, I adore cats (I have a cat named Sammy) reading (my favourite author is Cassandra Clare), pop-punk and metalcore music, playing the piano among all other things artistic. I am also a big fan of Degrassi, Pokemon, Stitch, Pusheen. I also love horror movies (The Conjuring, Insidious are my top two). I love iced coffee and tea as well!

What Inspires You Every day? : In terms of what inspires me everyday, I think that just being grateful for what you have as it can either be taken away or just being aware that others may not be able to have those experiences and opportunities. I think the other thing may be to just do what makes you happy, what brings you peace, even if it’s for half an hour. Whether this involves having your favourite drink or watching your favourite show. There is so much negativity in the world that we need to focus on the small things as they can definitely be overlooked. The world is also so fast-paced that we often forget to take time for ourselves. 

What is some words of wisdom you live by?:Some of the words I live by… tough question. I’ve had to fight for my life since day one. I often tell myself “when there’s a will, there’s a way”. I’ve never known the easy way, things have always been a challenge for me and that’s okay. I am very resilient and perhaps strong-headed. 

I was bullied a lot growing up and I’ve learned to tell myself that, those who talk down on you, are insecure about themselves and this behaviour is a reflection of them, not you. This applies to just about any situation really. 

I also think it is important to recognize that (at least for myself) that even though I’ve seen the dark side of the world at a very young age, there is no sense in remaining bitter. I have refused to be bitter and wear my heart on my sleeve. “Own your story. Talk about it. Inspire others. We’re all destined to bloom”. 

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is to be happy, be able to continue my research and simply help others who may be going through similar struggles. 

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : The pandemic has affected me quite a lot. As I am part of the vulnerable population I have felt isolated at times. However, I have been able to spend more time with my family as I returned home from school for the majority of the pandemic. I think one of things I miss the most is going to concerts, being with friends, not having to worry. Just that sense of “normalcy” 

What is a message you would like to give others? : A message I would like to give others is the following. I wish people would be more compassionate, be more understanding. You never know what someone is going through. Whether it is something visible or not. I think to be more aware of that. For example, I get honked at for taking too long to cross the road. It is not something I can control or I often get told “can you walk faster”. I would if I could. I’m using these examples just to say be more understanding. Offer a hand, instead of staring or making a comment. It can go a long way. Being that person for someone, you may not only make their day better but you may even save their life.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: The last thing I want to say is be unapologetically yourself. I’ve always loved having my own style. I spent a chunk of my life hiding who I really was. Not accepting my disability and being angry. Now I know it’s a part of me, but it doesn’t define me. Don’t dim out your light to please others. The right people will love you for you. Cliche, but there’s only one you out there. Embrace what makes you, you.

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