Prompt: What could have happened to you in high school that would have altered the course of your life?
There are so many things that could have happened in high school that would have altered my whole life. If I’d never got that horse on loan, if I’d have accepted my sexuality earlier on, if my Dad hadn’t had his first stroke. But personally I think one of the biggest ones would have been if I’d have got my dyspraxia diagnosis.
I was 20 when my dyspraxia was finally diagnosed and it was such a huge relief. It suddenly felt like so many things just clicked into place. It felt like finally, finally I had some answers. I wasn’t just lazy, or stupid, or clumsy. My brain is just wired differently.
It means that all those times I told my teachers of my capabilities and my limitations and they didn’t actually believe me, I knew myself far better than they did. The reason I think it would have changed my life was because I’d have known how to work with myself and my capabilities rather than trying to be the same as everyone else.
I’d have probably chosen different A-Levels, ones that better suited the way my brain worked, and I’d have been able to access to the support and help I needed. With that support and help I’d have quite possibly done better at school. The problem wasn’t that I wasn’t smart, it’s that I couldn’t express it properly in a way that the examiners liked.
If I’d have done different A-Levels then I’d have done a different course at uni, and I may have even gone to a completely different one, especially if I had better grades. That one little thing that has changed my life so much for the better would have had far reaching consequences.