14th-18th November marks Anti-bullying week UK and to coincide with this, we managed to get a few words from Adam Lanceley, a talented singer-songwriter with an inspirational story.
When Adam was very young, he suffered serious injuries in a car crash that left him having to relearn a number of life skills. His parents were told it was unlikely he would ever walk again, but Adam was determined to prove them wrong and has since gone on to run the London Marathon and has released five albums!
Adam, tell us about your latest single, ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’. What’s the story behind it?
My latest single ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ which is from my fifth album, Postcards From Then…, can be interpreted as talking about my teenage and student years as though it was really easy and straightforward back then. In actual fact, due to a severe head injury sustained in a serious car crash when I was 10, it was anything but a smooth ride.
Did your injuries lead to any unpleasant behaviour towards you when you were young?
To be honest, I was lucky that I didn’t get bullied more than I did; I spoke very slowly, I was vulnerable & I couldn’t walk properly for a very long time. Even now, years later, I have a very pronounced limp. But the times I did get bullied really hurt.
In what forms did the bullying come?
I found the non-physical stuff more damaging & difficult to take than what you’d normally think of as bullying, which is not to say that the times people let me know they didn’t like the way I walked by giving me a kicking wasn’t incredibly painful! Still, being called ‘spastic’ or ‘a cripple’ was much harder for me to swallow; the whole ‘sticks and stones’ argument didn’t really hold up. Getting taken advantage of is another form of bullying I could have done without.
And how did you deal with the bullying, Adam?
Fortunately, I got through it and I’m grateful that I had good friends to make it easier too. I’m also lucky that I had interests that kept me striving to get somewhere, but at the same time, I know how much easier my life could’ve been without bullying in the first place.
On a more positive note, do you think there is anything you learnt from your experiences?
I once heard someone say there are no winners when it comes to bullying: the one doing it will someday feel remorse and the one being bullied carries the scars.
If you’d like to find out more on Adam and his music, check him out here: