Adulthood Already?

by | Feb 3, 2015

Michael Sylvia

Michael Sylvia at 18!

Hey everyone! I hope you all have been trying to enjoy the crazy amounts of snow we have been getting over the past two weeks. It was my 18th birthday a couple of weeks ago and, as a gift, my dad and I took a trip down to Fort Lauderdale for what was originally supposed to run Saturday through Tuesday of last week. However, we ended up getting “stuck” down in Florida for two extra days because our returning flights were canceled as a result of Juno. It was awesome, although, I did feel a little bit of guilt when I was lying on the beach while snow pounded my hometown.

Becoming 18 is a milestone for practically everyone so, as you can imagine, I was pretty thrilled to become a legal adult. Additionally, I felt a sense of accomplishment. My mom typically reflects and tells me the story of my birth every year around the time of my birthday. I have addressed the topic in a previous post. Usually, I don’t really think much of it, but, this year the story seemed to hit home. I realized that, in my 18 years on this earth, I have achieved nearly everything my peers have. That’s huge for me. When I was born, my parents were told I wouldn’t be able to stand on my own; I walked. My parents were told I wouldn’t be able to communicate; I write a blog. My parents were told I wouldn’t be able to learn; I will be attending Providence College in the fall. At this point, I feel like I have accomplished so much that I have to ask myself, “what can’t I do?” I strongly relate to the words of one of the rappers that I listen to, “There’s beauty in the struggle.” He is absolutely right. I feel that every single thing I have ever overcame has given me more strength and eagerness to tackle the next struggle that comes my way.

As a matter of fact, I will share with you one of my current dilemmas that I must conquer. Now, that I am 18, I will have to do tasks such as showing up for doctor’s appointments on my own. I will need to fill out forms that are required at doctor’s offices on a regular basis. This is a challenge because I do not write all that often. My dexterity has never been great due to my cerebral palsy so, writing legibly has always been an issue. Of course, forms ask for important information that needs to be printed in a comprehensible manner. Thus, the predicament. At this time, I am thinking that the best way to defeat this issue is to call offices ahead of time and dictate my information. Moreover, I hope that as technology becomes more and more prevalent in everyday society, forms will eventually be filled out on a tablet or computer rather than old fashioned pen and paper. Considering the amount I have needed to write in school has dramatically decreased as a result of technology, I do not see digitized forms as being too unrealistic.

All in all, I am both anxious and excited to begin this new phase of my life. I know there will be triumphs and happiness but I have learned firsthand that change isn’t anything that is easy. I am going to continue to post here and there but, seeing how tough it is too stay on a typical writing schedule, I can’t promise anything. February break is coming so, for those who are vacationing, I wish you safe and happy travels!


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Mrs. Mateer
Mrs. Mateer
February 4, 2015 6:32 am

Happy Birthday, Michael and continued success in all you do. Go Friars!!

Ms. Foisy
Ms. Foisy
February 4, 2015 8:45 am

Happy Birthday Michael!!!!
Have a great February vacation!!!

Chris Campbell
Chris Campbell
February 4, 2015 9:38 am

Michael, as your neighbor for the last nine years, I have had the privilege of watching you grow up and mature. You are a remarkable young man and your parents have been your biggest cheerleaders. I’m confident their love and support will continue to sustain you and help you thrive as an adult. You have all my best wishes for a successful and happy life!

Pat Day
Pat Day
February 4, 2015 2:02 pm

You are,indeed a gift and a blessing. I am so proud to claim you as my nephew. I love you to bits! Love your Dad and Matthew as well……

Jane Schaefer
Jane Schaefer
February 4, 2015 4:42 pm

Happy Birthday Michael! I’m sure you will continue to learn and grow as you encounter all of the challenges and obstacles in College!
As for the forms, ask your doctor’s office staff to send you the forms in pdf form in a format that allows you to fill them out and sign them on your computer, and return them via email. That would maintain your privacy and they would not be violating any HIPA laws, and you would be able to retain a copy of everything you fill out.
Keep writing! You are a good writer!

Rich Mendes
Rich Mendes
February 5, 2015 9:20 am

I know how proud your parents and family are of you!! You’re an inspiration to us and only wish your Grampa Sylvia was here to see what a wonderful young man you’ve become. Keep reaching for the sky Michael, all is there for your taking!!!!

February 5, 2015 10:03 am

You are an inspiration to those around u Michael and a great reminder that with the right mindset and good support (Mom, Dad, Matt, teachers, etc) anything is achievable! Congrats and good luck at PC!


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