Take pride in your scars

Take pride in your scars

In the last 8 months I have ventured in the world of dyslexia have never been able to willingly disclose the fact that I am dyslexic. My experience with the condition is a little less severe but is enough to take me through all the emotional trauma that others with dyslexia go through.

Here is another touching story I found on YouTube… Luke, who’s now an old man in the United States, went through a difficult time during his school days, until he had to drop out. At 69 he has no formal education and his job is to clean toilets and mop the floors of office buildings. Now, if you think that’s so unfair just hang on.....since junior level Luke loved to draw. It was, for some reason, his excuse for not paying attention in class, he said he would rather feel like just another object in class maybe a chair or the teacher’s desk than having to be humiliated and made to feel stupid or unwilling to learn. He would draw amazing art, soo amazing the teacher wouldn’t figure out how a brilliant child could not just read! Even years after he’d dropped from school, he continued his love for art…to me what hurt me the most in the interview is how explicit he expresses his dream of becoming a space craft designer. The hurtful part is when an old man still has dreams of becoming a better person when technically it’s already too late!

It is sad that in our African countries talking about dyslexia is almost like a taboo, parents are not ready yet to be told their child has this neurological condition and teachers are afraid to be sued! So what will happen??People lack the knowledge that dyslexia is not a death sentence, there are absolutely incredible things a dyslexic can do that a person with a ‘normal brain cannot do, because of their creativity! What we are lacking is awareness. With a strong support system that safe guards their self-confidence and good teaching approach a dyslectic individual will thrive. Let’s all us roll up our sleeves and educate ourselves on what dyslexia really is, its implications and how we can improve the lives of those suffering.



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