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The Important Lesson I Learned After My Dyspraxia Diagnosis

To my younger self,

When you were diagnosed with a motor disorder called dyspraxia, Mom was skeptical. But she finally listened to you and the doctors and understood that your problems were more than just not trying or not being athletic. Mom will be scared, but you will be relieved. There are other people who experience the same problems you do, and many of them are very successful. This does not mean you aren’t smart or capable. It is not the end of the world, nor is it an excuse to give up. It just means you have to work a little harder, and you will do just that.

Eventually, you will get your mile run time down from 20 minutes to 10 minutes. You will also stop making excuses and accept the fact that this is good for you.

It might take until fifth grade, but you will master those scary first-grade monkey bars.

By high school, you will be able to climb on the equipment on the local playground  with your friends.

You will learn to ride a bike without training wheels, and you won’t fall in the process.

You will build up the courage to try to climb a tree, join a sports team, and learn to skateboard. None of these attempts will be successful, but you will learn an important lesson here:

Just because you know something will be difficult for you, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. 

I am proud of you and all you have accomplished. I aspire to mature into the person you thought you would become.

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