Homeadults with learning disabilitiesHere comes another anvil.

One of the hardest things about achieving anything we struggle with is the will to persevere. This is one of

Trying to keep this in mind right now.

those universal things that I’m sure everyone has dealt with from time to time. It doesn’t matter if it’s training for a marathon, nurturing a relationship, or even just dragging yourself to the office after an anxiety filled night; we’ve all hit psychological blocks that make getting through the day so much harder than it needs to be.

As hard as it is to go through first hand, it’s even harder to watch someone else go through it. At least it is for me. I’m the kind of person who wants to take the struggling party’s misery away from them, so they can enjoy whatever the task is at hand.

Of course, even if that was possible, I wouldn’t do it. That struggle is part of how we each learn how to tackle difficulties thrown at us throughout life. We all need to learn how to persevere in order to earn any sense of accomplishment later on.

That doesn’t mean we can’t offer help when it’s asked for. Those of us with LD, or any form of disability really, need to learn early on how to use our resources to the best of our abilities. Whether that’s another pair of eyeballs to read over a piece of writing or an app to help us get around short term memory issues, there’s no shame in getting (or giving) assistance.

In the end though, it’s up to each of us to figure out which battles are worth fighting, and how to keep going when that anvil comes crashing down on the big red X we’re standing on.

That’s part of why I’m so grateful for having to dodge those anvils from an early age. Some aspects of my dyslexia continue to challenge me, but most of what I fight against are the self-esteem issues developed from the unfair treatment I’d received before.

This week has been one of the harder ones. Today in particular hasn’t been kind, considering I only managed to grab a couple of hours’ sleep last night. It feels like my brain is fighting my desire to plow my way through today’s to-do list.

It’s something we all deal with from time to time, but days like today just seem to erode my ability to keep fighting.

But I’ll keep going. My work may be slower, and I may need to take more breaks than usual, but I’ll get through it.

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