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Date Posted: 16:06:42 02/26/12 Sun
I am 42 and have recently found out about my dyslexic brain! It explains so much! Ditto about directions, and I have a bad memory for things. I have probably read only a handful of novels in my life and can't really tell you what they were about. I can't read the newspaper, and I skip read everything, so only take in little bursts of words. I envy people who can relax and read for pleasure. I don't relax too often, constantly having to do things and change things round.
With jobs I get very anxious, but seem to get on well with everyone, and get a lot of respect for my hard work and integrity. I prefer project based work so I can see an end or completion of something and then move on to the next thing. I have gravitated towards interior design and that industry in general, and my background is in textile arts. I have a lot of experience in sales but, am not a high career acheiver - either I give up, get bored or frustrated. My vocab and memory aren't so good, so my confidence in certain situations is bad.
I think it is so important to be yourself! If you can find work that gives you the freedom to be yourself and do a great job, then thats good. I think I have spent a great deal of my life trying to be something I'm not and seeking perfection! which is a road that leads to frustration! This year I hope to break through old habits, and get a sense of satisfaction in my work, and become more true to myself. (feel like dyeing my hair red and wearing doc martins - oh dear)?)
I don't know if I can offer any advice - just having the knowledge is good. I have spent years of my life hopping from one idea to the next and never feeling especially accomplished in anything. This has become even harder with two kids, a hubby and house in tow! I start things and never seem to finish them.
All this aside, what I am mostly trying to get over, is my lack of confidence because of low working memory. I mangaged to scrape through my exams at school, frustrating as you know you are not stupid! but the exam results reflected a poor acheivment even though I studied for hours. so as a consequence I have regarded myslef as not very bright, not as bright as others etc....and this holds you back.
Now I know I have LD - dyslexia and ADD (I jsut give up when I try and read, my mind goes walk about), I need to focus on my strengths, not spend time getting anxious about my weakness's.
I am about to do a bit more study too, Should be interesting!?
I don't know if this helps - i am woffling on a bit, sorry.
Katie (New Zealand)
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