Wednesday, June 13, 2007

For Tia Over at Canada's Next Top Model

I watched Canada's Next Top Model for probably the first time ever tonight. Not being much of a reality tv fan, it's just not my cup of tea. But being somewhat bored and flipping through the channels I checked the show out.

For the first time ever in my life, I was impressed beyond words. Speechless. Overcome with admiration at your bravery.

Many people don't know what it's like to be dyslexic. They don't know the panic of being thrust into a situation that is not only difficult, but eats at your self esteem. They don't know what it's like to sit through school day after day, only feeling stupider by the minute, because you can't do what everyone else seems to take for granted. What it's like to constantly run into people who just don't get it and who judge your intelligence solely by your reading ability. I admit, even I don't, because I'm not dyslexic.

However, my husband has dyslexia. I have watched him face that panic. I have watched my own child, who has various other learning disabilities, be overcome with anxiety to the point where he would have walked out and not looked back. I cannot even say that my husband, a confident professional in his mid-50s, would have done what you did.

To watch you square your shoulders, face that camera, read those lines, and not let dyslexia or anxiety stop you spoke volumes of your determination and drive. Being able to read those lines with perfection wasn't what people were looking for; it was your bravery to try anyway. You have likely inspired other young people with learning disabilities to not give up because if you won't let dyslexia stop you in front of millions of people, so why should they?

Keep your chin up, and don't let that experience rattle you for the rest of the competition. So reading is a what? We all know that dyslexics have incredible talents in other areas; use those to your advantage. You've certainly won over some fans in the Cookie Jar.

Good luck with the rest of the competition!

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