Speaking of your mom, what is the main advice or lesson that she has given you?
When people ignore you or mistreat you, you have to be gentle with them, even if they are mean to you or even if they look at you badly. You should always be gentle, if you don't have much food, give them even a little of your own snack. She also taught me that no matter how much they reject me, I should not look down. That is the most important lesson.
What is your happiest memory with your mom and your family?
When I was 9 years old, we traveled to my hometown, Moquegua, where I was born. When we went there on the road we saw snow and we have had very funny moments. I will never forget that.
What do you think is the best way to deal with problems and difficulties?
You always have to have courage, you should never be afraid or look back. Fear is what makes you go back, but courage is what makes you advance. So I always have courage, no matter how difficult it is.
What message would you give to other children who have disabilities or different abilities?
I once knew a boy with a disability and he was very depressed. I asked his mother if I could speak to him. I asked him why he was like this and he replied: “I feel bad because I'm like this, I don't like it, I wish I was like children who walk, run or do anything”. So I told him: “You have your own abilities and those abilities make you more resistant. Sometimes what we don't know is how to use these skills, but little by little we will learn and we will be happy, even if we have a disability”.
By: Juan Carlos Ugarelli