Now look again at Scott’s timeline, which also has learning points added.
Scott’s learning points are linked to different areas of life, as well as over time. Very early on he realised that he enjoys learning and that gaining qualifications brings confidence.
He made it through some tough personal experiences and family troubles, and feels proud to have got through these difficult times. This made Scott feel resilient and he has learned how to look on the positive side of life.
Gaining support from the young adult carers group was a very positive experience. Scott learned that it was not good for him to stay isolated, and that being part of a supportive group has helped him develop his confidence. He has learned that his well-being is also supported by setting and achieving the physical goals of fundraising activities. These three boxes are part of Scott’s ‘ups’.
Listen to what Scott says about what he has learned from experience.
Through reflecting on his experiences Scott realised that he applied his skills and personal qualities to manage his caring and studying responsibilities.
Here are some key comments from Scott’s story:
- had very poor mental well-being for a while
- managed to keep going with his studying and caring
- benefited from the support from other young adult carers
- tries to focus on the positive as much as possible.
Scott now has:
- grown in confidence
- recognises his own resilience and coping skills
- an understanding of what he’d like to achieve and how to get there.
We all experience ups and downs in life: good points and bad points. There may be positive and negative outcomes from each experience as Lesley and Scott’s experiences show.
Whatever our experience, we are learning all the time. Learning is not something that stops when we leave childhood behind. Learning is lifelong. Some learning is about ourselves, the type of person we are, and our strengths and qualities; other learning is about skills, qualifications, understanding ideas and concepts, or the society we live in.
Can you identify what you have learned from looking at your own experience as a carer?
Everyone’s experience will be different. There is no right or wrong answer.