Thoughts about dyslexia, art and music
2017 – I've learned exciting new info about dyslexia.
Being extremely dyslexic, I naturally developed alternative skills to compensate.
I always had real difficulties with text and numbers. It was a disaster in school except for art and metal-work classes. I often felt like there was something very wrong with me because I struggled so much to do what everyone around me seemed do so easily. I couldn't understand why. I tried so hard but it was impossible for me.
No one knew what the problem was back then but now I know it was and is dyslexia. It used to be considered a learning disability but recent research has had learned some new things and dyslexia is now believed by many to be a gift. Not for reading, writing or math, but for creating, advanced reasoning and perception, the ability to see of the whole of things, and for out of the box thinking and problem solving. The dyslexic brain is wired differently than the non-dyslexic brain. Not a defect, but a variation. It is now thought that dyslexia may have particular advantages for several reasons.
These new discoveries have given me new hope and answered so many questions about dyslexia and all my past struggles and awkwardness. I am actually proud to be dyslexic now! With this new understanding, so many things about my odd way of thinking makes perfect sense to me now. No wonder I've evolved in the way I have! No wonder it's been so easy to create things but so difficult to communicate effectively or to effectively sell the things I make. A friend once said to me “Is there anything you can't make?” My answer was “Money!” I'm successful at being happy but with the shortcomings of dyslexia and old physical injuries, I've failed financially.
It's a shame to only learn about dyslexia now that I'm old but at least I understand it and myself better. At least now maybe kids with dyslexia will soon be better understood by teachers and treated more fairly by the education system. So much more to learn but now we have new ways to explore dyslexia and we are learning much more about the brain. Now everything depends on teachers and others understanding and accepting the fact that we are all unique in our own ways. Just as some people are born with bodies that are better at sports or other physical things, the next person is born with excellent abilities to learn coding, reading, writing or math, the next person is born with strong curiosity, understanding and reasoning abilities which drives them to conceive create and invent.
Though all three people may have many things in common, they are very unique in their own ways. The education system needs to stop operating under the shallow idea that all students brains are all the same or that all student should think like their teacher. Imagine how limiting that would be! No one is perfect but everyone is a specialist at something. We are not all empty molds waiting to have our heads filled with only the same info that's been passed on over and over. Important info, yes but it's not enough for some and it's almost useless to others. Some people are going to excel at sports or amazing physical skills, some will excel at working with coded text and numbers etc. and some will excel at creating and inventing. Most likely, everyone is not going to be good at all these things. We are all different so how can we all be expected to do the same things well? Why fail some students just because they have a different set of skills or advantages and less of another?
Albert Einstein said “creativity is more important than knowledge”. As a dyslexic, he understood this so well but how can you explain things like this to someone who is non-dyslexic or to someone who does not believe we are different. Closed minds do not belong in our schools!! Some time even educators need to be educated. Oh well, just some thoughts a dyslexic who's lived my life knowing I was different and never being able to understand why, and never being able to explain why.
It's so easy to look at someone and instantly recognize 100s of unique things about them but it's impossible to see how unique their brain is.
The dyslexic brain is wired differently than the non-dyslexic brain. Not a defect, but a variation.
For me, I'll continue to experimenting to create new things. Lately it's been strange new music. Dyslexic music!
Some famous dyslexic people: Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin, Pablo Picasso, The Wright Brothers, Jules Verne, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Werner Von Braun, Albert Einstein and many more.