Picture this. You are in second grade and are sitting in your chair at your desk doing a worksheet for, let’s say math. Someone opens your classroom’s door, and you look to see who it is. You silently groan with annoyance. It’s the occupational therapist. Again. She calls your name. You silently get out of your seat and make your way to the door. Your classmates look at you as you make your way out. You look down and try to ignore the stares while walking with the OT down to her classroom for your session while thinking to yourself, “What is wrong with me?” That is a thought that has been in my head for a long time.
Learning differences and basically being different as a whole have been in my life for as long as I can remember. From getting extra help from specialists to having accommodations, I have had many experiences that have made me who I am today. Learning differences are a huge struggle. They are not a walk in the park. They can make you feel inferior to others sometimes, like you are a small bug and they are a big giant. They make you think that you are unable to do things that other kids can do.
There have been many misconceptions about learning differences. For example, one misconception is that we are “dumb.” HECK NO. People that are affected by LD are oh so capable to be in a school environment. My goal as a person with LD is to demystify these kinds of rumors.
I have gotten some great advice from friends and family whenever LD gets me down. Multiple friends have told me to ignore the haters, to have respect for who I am, and to know that LD doesn’t define who I am. It just is a small sliver of me. There is much more to a person than learning differences. Another piece of advice that friends have given is everyone has a struggle. They may put on a facade on the outside, look all perfect, and have the so-called “perfect life,” but deep down they too are struggling with something. That has really turned my life around. I now can go around and feel good about who I am. Sure, there are days where I don’t feel good about having learning disabilities and want to live life without them. When these times do come up, however, I remind myself that its COOL to be different. In a society where we are pressured by the media to be a certain way or act a certain way, it is easy to think that we have to be the so called “perfect.”
Learning differences are only a small part of my life. I can either let them take me down in the fight or rise above them. I choose to rise above.
I also have a list of a few songs that help me win this fight. If you are fighting your own fight and need a song suggestion, here you go…..
1. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
2. “Shake It off” by Taylor Swift
3. “Hall of Fame” by the Script
4. “Superheroes” by the Script