Teenagers just eat and sleep at home these days. Maybe 9 hours at the most at home a day. We go out with friends, date, and rarely see our parents. Even before we could drive we go out the whole day. What if you are living in a wheelchair, and need someone right there to help. What if you don't have help everyday? You would be stuck at home.
Luckily, I have an aide Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She is the best. However, what if I wanted to go somewhere with my friends Tuesday night? Would my mother go with me? When you are at the age of 14, it is not cool to hang with your parents all the time. What if I had a date, and my dad came with me. AWKWARD!
Sometimes I don't want my aide with me at all. Luckily, I have friends that know me well to help me when I don't have an aide with me. My friends know that I rarely have the chance to go out without any help, so whenever I have the chance to go out with just my friends, I take it.
Having an aide and going out with just my friends can be hard. I just want to be as independent as I can be.