Day 43- Max, 12, Dunblane

Max is an S1 at Dunblane High School where he really enjoys studying PE and Home Economics. Max enjoys playing Badminton and being part of the school Samba Band and has also been involved with 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys Brigade since he was in P2. The Boys Brigade gives Max lots of opportunities to do fun and exciting things, like camp, arts and crafts, bake and earn badges and it also helps him be part of a team and meet friends I wouldn’t otherwise have met. Max has a condition called Dyspraxia which affects my co-ordination and it has affected Max’s communication, but the Boys Brigade allows him to be himself without any judgment and to give activities a go in a safe environment!

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Which young Scot inspires you?
Andrew Stuart – another local boy with Autism and communication difficulties inspires me. Andrew inspires me because he doesn’t let his condition stand in his way. Andrew has just represented Scotland in the Special Olympics playing golf. Andrew has also just won the Junior club Champion at his golf club.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The community in Dunblane makes it the most special place to live, everyone is so caring and we all know each other so well. I also enjoy being so close to nature and the outdoors, I can see the Ochils from my house! The opportunities for me here are also fantastic, there is so much to do.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Technology can be so misunderstood by the older generation. For me technology makes my life easier to live – it helps me read, speak and write. Please don’t think I’m just staring at my phone or tablet, it’s my connection to the world.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I have so many achievements – for me achievements can be so small to others but big for me, like learning to ride my bike, running my first mile, ordering a cake on my own in a café. I am also very proud of being presented with the Captain’s Commendation for true Boys Brigade spirit at the end of year BB display in 2017, it meant a lot to me.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to be a chef when I grow up, I love cooking and watching people enjoy what I have made. I would love to visit the Harry Potter Studios – I love listening to the books and watching the films.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Give everything a go! Don’t let anything hold you back, be determined – you can do anything. Focus on your positives – we don’t all have to be good at the same thing, everyone has a talent inside of them you just need to find it. Be yourself and don’t worry what others think.

If Max’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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