Next month is NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month, a yearly challenge to write a 50,000 story in one month. I’d successfully completed it in 2012, and I have the itch again this year.
|I like to spread out while planning big projects.|
I see a lot of comments on a fairly regular basis about how ironic it is that people with dyslexia are writers, and other expressions of disbelief regarding my neurology and interests. Those comments drive home the fact that people have the tendency to define others by one single aspect of their beings. Seemingly contradictory properties just boggle the mind.
It makes me wonder what those folks think dyslexics should do with their lives. What should dyslexics look like to them? Are we destined for lives of mediocrity? Are we tortured artists or illiterate pity-cases for them to support?
That’s obviously not true, especially when you realize individuals like Whoopi Goldberg, Erin Brockovich, Jack Horner and Richard Branson are all dyslexic. Acting, ecological activism/law, archeology and business are diverse fields, and each of those people followed unique pathways to get to where they are today.
As I made small piles of the notes I’d made according to the story they’ll belong with, I wondered what other dyslexics’ workplaces looked like.
So, I snapped a picture and decided to come up with a hashtag campaigns – #DyslexicWork
Like #dyslexicselfie, I’d hope this can help shed some light on the diverse occupations and passions dyslexics take part in. It can be the job you do for pay, a labor of passion, a class project you’re proud of, or even a depiction of your favorite part of parenting, but it should be something about yourself that you’re willing to share with the world.
If you have many interests, don’t be afraid to share more than one! I’ll probably be sharing pictures of my knitting, sewing, and jewelry making, too.
Let’s continue the efforts to show the world just how diverse, productive and generally awesome we can be.
I’ll keep this officially open through the end of the year, though it’s welcome to stay alive beyond that, depending on interest.
So what do your workplaces look like? How do they reflect who you are and your passion in life?