Society has so many rules about how we as human beings are supposed to be. They tell us what hairstyle we should have, what clothes we are to wear, what type of car we are to drive…
It’s like the ticker tape to the New York Stock Exchange. It goes on and on. You wonder, does it ever end!?
Well, I confess that I have been a bad girl. I have broken the rules. I have learning disabilities. I have had them since I was five. I’m now in my 40’s.
Now I can pick up information fairly quickly but being able to maintain it is a totally different story. It’s like a name you are trying so hard to remember. You can see their face but darn if you can’t remember what it is!
It affects my mathematical skills. Let me just say that I am very grateful that the calculator was invented and I’m definitely not the person to ask about any kind of algebra formula. I will be like, “What in the world are you talking about?”
Also, it affects my fine motor skills. For example, I can’t tie my shoes so I wear ones with Velcro, zippers, or slip-ons. I can type but only with a couple of fingers. The rest lay on the keyboard. It’s a minor annoyance but I can definitely work with it.
Society has had this belief that people with learning disabilities are a lost cause. We are to be forgotten about it. We are complete imbeciles. They wonder why we are even here. I’ve been there in more ways than one. I have dealt with all sorts of discrimination and rejection. I have heard all kinds of versions of “Amy can’t do this, Amy won’t be able to do that” for most of my life.
I am embarrassed to admit that I believed all those lies for so many years… hook, line and sinker! I’ve wasted the first half of my adult life basically coasting. I had goals and dreams but I didn’t pursue them as hard as I should have.
It wasn’t until the COVID19 pandemic occurred that I realized what a huge mistake I was making. During these extraordinary times, I have done some serious soul searching. I have finally come to realize that it’s a complete waste of time to believe the negativity others want to place on you. It happens to us all. There is always going to be someone who isn’t going to accept us or approve of us. We can do everything possible under the sun to get them to but let me just tell you all…
It’s just not worth it. It really isn’t.
As for me, I have gone on to pursue a career as a writer. My specialty is inspiration and motivation. I want to share with the world the lessons I have learned. I want to help reassure others that life has a tendency to really, really stink.
Yet despite all that, we should pick ourselves up and just keep on plugging!
By Amy Temple
A writer/blogger specializing in inspiration and motivation, Amy is a regular contributor to numerous websites and blogs nationally and internationally.
She is the author of the memoir “I Am Not Stupid” which is about living with learning disabilities and is available through Amazon.
A native of Indiana, Amy is now a resident of Florida.