Believe in yourself.
I want to share a story that has taken me 40 years to tell…
My entire childhood I struggled in school. I had what can be considered a “hidden learning disability”… reading comprehension. It is something that can go undetected for a very long time because those that have it can read accurately and fluently from the page…however, we don’t always process the meaning of all those words rolling off our tongues.
I hid the fact that I wasn’t a strong reader for years and continually felt worse and worse about myself. I didn’t want anyone to know my secret, or to judge me. I felt ashamed, and stupid. I did well in other subjects which allowed me to hide it and work around it, but that trick prevented me from getting the help I needed early on. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old that I realized it was more than me not being as “book smart” as my friends and sisters. It wasn’t laziness, or lack of desire to do well. It was clear, and proven in a psychological evaluation, that I have a brain that processes information in a different way than most other people.
With this newly discovered knowledge, I was then able to get the right help and I was provided the tools that were essential for my success. My confidence in school started to come back, which trickled into all parts of my life. I was beginning to truly believe in myself.
Fast forward a couple decades to my life now, as a mom. I feel it is important to share this story about my past. Not to hide it or be embarrassed by it. It made me who I am today. Someone that I am very proud of. I struggled, I worked hard, I overcame it.
I am reliving my childhood all over again through my children (the good, the bad, and ugly!) and I want them to know that I “get it”. That they can share anything with me, with no fear of judgement. No matter what their struggle may be, I believe in them, and I will do everything I can to boost their confidence to help them succeed.
What I have learned in my 40 years is that we all have special gifts, and we all have struggles. It’s how we truly feel about ourselves deep down determines our success.
Thanks for reading, friends. I am honored to have this platform to share my life with you all, and to keep it real.
This post is dedicated to Lincoln, my sweet, smart, talented little boy. You make me so proud. I love you, Louie.