This month is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. I wanted to share a brief story with you and encourage you all to do what you can to make your dreams come true. Follow your heart and align yourself to make it happen. You were given the vision for a reason. Your talents are God’s gifts, show gratitude by sharing them the best way you can. There is no such thing as a worthless or step too small, it all sets you up to where you are supposed to be.
I was diagnosed with dyslexia in ninth grade. My English teacher discovered it. With the results I was both embarrassed and intrigued. Once I got over the embarrassment, the intrigue took over. Although I had difficulty in English and writing it was my favorite subject. My dreams of being a writer were questioned. The label became my narrative. All I heard was dyslexic will have a difficult time succeeding and it will be a struggle to do what you want to do in life etc.
If you know me I am very curious and ask questions. Some call it nosy as hell and I admit that too. I started to research. The first book I read was “The Gift of Dyslexia” by Ronald D. Davis and this completely made sense. Although it wasn’t all of the answers but it was a revealing start to understand what was going on in my brain. It took me a little longer to complete tasks, I didn’t have the privilege of procrastination, and my work/study environment was set up a little differently, but I learned to embrace and honor it. This led me to study it more and write my Master’s thesis “Understanding the Dyslexic Student in the Regular Classroom.”
Fast forward, most of you know my story of how I started this writing journey when law school didn’t work out. I was told I was crazy for saying I want to write. I was discouraged, told I would fail, and pretty much laughed at. Although there were the doubters, there were my supporters too who I hold in my heart to this day. There was that voice that told me “do what you always wanted to do.” I was scared because I was living an old narrative that I thought was true. I had to shut the “ego” down and listen to the spiritual. So I did it. That January I declared I was going to write and be published in a glossy magazine by the end of the year. Throughout the year I pitched and had pieces published online, then it happened. My first “glossy mag” article was published that December in Atlanta Life Magazine, “The Health Benefits of the Color of Food.”
Moral of the story, follow your dreams and don’t give up. Let your tests and challenges be a testimony to help someone else. It is not easy but it is worth it. Continue to work hard, keep the faith, understand your why, and align yourself with great people who support you and pour into you as equally as you pour into them.
Peace and blessings,