Have you been watching Extraordinary Me?
If you haven’t had a chance to see the BBC Three series Extraordinary Me, then I highly recommend you do so!
Documenting the extraordinary lives of a variety of people, I particularly fell in love with the mini series Small Teen Bigger World, telling the story of Jazz Burkitt, a teenager with restricted growth.
The four episodes follow her journey into adulthood; leaving home to go to college, which meant no longer being at home to care for her mother, who also has restricted growth; finding her dad, whom she had never met; learning to drive and starting to date.
But why do I love these episodes in particular? Well firstly I appreciated how the documentary focused on her life and ‘normal dramas’, not just her disability.
Secondly, Jazz’s attitude is so refreshing. Not only is she an incredibly mature teenager with worldly views on life and disability, but she is also incredibly inspiring. I quote “difference is brilliant, difference is what makes this world.” She’s not afraid to be herself and is confident in who she is. “I’ve never hated myself or hated the way I look. I hate the way people treat me.” Very wise words.
Catch up on Extraordinary Me: Small Teen Bigger World at BBC iPlayer.