Dyslexia was never suggested as a positive when I was growing up. It was seen as a problem which basically meant you had a defective brain. No one ever told me there were positives to it so it never occurred to me there could be.
So when a friend and mentor mentioned to me at age 25 that my dyslexia was a positive attribute I didn’t believe her. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that something that had caused me so much shame, humiliation, and frustration was somehow helpful to me.
Neither of us knew it at the time, but she planted the seed which led me on a journey to discover that my dyslexia had done me many favors and was in fact helping me succeed. The first thing was that I had to let go of the idea that different was bad. This wasn’t easy as society has drilled this one into our heads very deeply. We are filled with countless statements: if you are more than a certain height then you are too tall, if you are less than a specific height then you are too short, if you weigh more than a certain weight you are fat, if you have dyslexia you aren’t smart….the list goes on and on and for tons of categories. And the worse part is that it’s all a bunch of codswollop.
The world would be so boring if we were all the same. We need differences. By making out that dyslexia is a negative we are not only speaking incorrectly, but we are also squashing lots of unlimited potential. Dyslexics need to know that their genius is very much wanted by the world and that we are very much looking forward to what they are going to do with it.