May has really flown. It’s hard to believe June will be here this Sunday! Anyway, since I don’t really feel like writing about food this morning, I decided to see what was going on in the world of dyspraxia.
|The hand, shoe and wand prints of the three Harry
Potter leads. Writing in wet cement must be difficult,
but I see Rupert did well.
By Celeste Lindell (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0],
via Wikimedia Commons
I haven’t written a whole lot about dyspraxia, but for those who don’t know what it is, it’s a neurological disorder that impacts an individual’s motor skills. It’s also known as “clumsy child syndrome”, because dyspraxic kids have a tendency to have difficulty keeping their balance or maintaining coordination. Often, it goes along with other differences like dyslexia or dyscalculia, but it can occur on its own.
When I searched for it under the News tab of my browser, I found a number of articles about Daniel Radcliffe. He’s the actor who portrayed Harry Potter in the films, and has since gone on to perform in numerous stage productions, as well as Dalton Abby and a couple of other TV appearances.
Apparently, he also has a somewhat mild form of dyspraxia. It’s not something he’s ever hidden, but it is something rarely covered by the news media. That’s hardly surprising.
Although it’s not enough to completely disable him, it was enough to knock his self esteem down during his school years. He’s said that it impacts fine motor skills, like writing by hand and tying his shoes. You can read a bit more about how it effected his life here.
In part because of his early feelings of worthlessness, he’s also struggled with depression, like many people with various forms of learning, developmental or physical disabilities. I do hope he’s doing better, now. He seems like a nice guy.
It’s very easy to put celebrities on a pedestal, and that happens every day, but I think it’s important to remember their humanity, too. Daniel had an incredible turn of luck when he was found in a movie theater and told to try out for the Potter films, but his story is a lot like many of ours.
He had to work hard to improve at his craft and work with a huge amount of people, often in very rough conditions. He also struggled to keep going, in spite of his depression.
The more I learn about those who have earned success in the face of adversity, the more I realize what I need to do in order to attain my dreams. Some of the qualities that are the common thread between these folks seem to be things like determination, focus, resiliency and the will to work hard.
None of these things are easy, but all of them are valuable and possible, if you’re willing to foster them.