A Dyslexic New Year

New Year Preparation

Well, it is not long until the New Year now Christmas has passed. This is always big in Scotland. I have been to many great parties with family and friends. It is time for out with the old and in with the new. So, what a year 2019 has been. I did not expect to have a mental break down. It had been coming for a long time. Trying to cope with my dyslexia in an environment which said it does not exist was difficult. This was also helpful. It has given me time to reflect on the issues surrounding my learning disability. I have now seen that many people like myself have lots of mental health issues. Mental health is also one of the most important subjects these days. It is no longer shoved in a cupboard and not talked about.

Achieved To Date

I have enjoyed the weather and tried to get my steps done every day. There are plenty of beautiful walks around the area. The sun has been a great bonus when it is out and watching the seasons change is magical. I have also achieved a great many things this year. Passed my HND in counselling and also psychotherapy. On my life events on Facebook spelt as physiotherapy oops! I have found some new friends with studying. I have become a national and regional volunteer with Dyslexia Scotland. It has been lovely to talk to many different people about dyslexia. Helping at the DyslexiFest was amazing. Also helping at the education conference and seeing different aids for dyslexia was amazing. I also made the big decision of leaving my work after 22 years. In my heart, this was the right thing to do. I was achieving more outside my work. I would never have the success I wanted as people are still old fashioned and look on dyslexia as stupid.

Next Steps

So next year is going to be big. I have already set some goals up. I must be mad with going to start studying for a Bachelor of Arts with the open university! Also helping set up events promoting dyslexia as well as working with FDAMH as a volunteer to promote mental health. I can only hope I have not taken to much on. Oh yes, I have also taken on international toastmasters for public speaking. So not long now to say goodbye 2019 and hello 2020! Raise a glass of your favourite tipple and shout Happy New Year!

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