Monday, March 3, 2014

The Irony of Life

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If you would have said to me 15 years ago that I would have a blog today i would have said you were crazy. First of all, I was one of the worst spellers in my class in High school. To compound the problem, my grammar was horrible. I loved the written word and I was always reading; however, my spelling was still atrocious. I left high school and went to college to study English. You would have thought that I would have had a clue and chosen a different field. Years later, I sit in a dark room and write posts for my blog and sometimes, just sometimes I am paid to do just that. 

Why am I sharing all of this?

We often limit ourselves based on our perceived weaknesses. We often allow these weaknesses to create shame and self doubt in us. Often, this results in us barely scraping the surface of our potential. We often give up before we even begin. I have come to realize that no one is perfect; even the people we admire and put on a pedestal.   I believe it is utter madness to try and be prefect because human means we are imperfect.

Instead, I suggest that we focus on using our weaknesses as strength.  One of the ways I was able to overcome the shame of being horrible at grammar and a poor speller is to be honest about it. The more I shared my experiences the more I was able to grow and address my problem in a healthy way. I was able to say to my peers that this is my problem so if I make a mistake let me know. I am not going to lie; it was hard to admit that someone who studied English at the college level had a problem with the grammar of the language. This was one of the ways I was able to deal with the self doubt, shame and the downright feelings of feeling dunce.  Through this, I was able to motivate others with the same problems and issues. I don’t think I would have had the courage to start blogging if I had not been able to deal with my challenges. My grammar is still not perfect; however, it has improved.

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