Today is day 3 of the #Speakupforkids and #MyYoungerSelf campaigns by the Child Mind Institute. Today they featured Gavin Newsom, former major of San Francisco and current Lieutenant Governor of California, and a DYSLEXIC. When I see a celebrity who has a learning disability or a mental health disorder, I feel a mix of gladness and worry. The part of me that feels glad is because a famous dyslexic like Mr. Newsom gives us who live and work with learning challenged children hope and encouragement, especially parents and even teachers. The part of me that feels worried, however, is because it's usually so easy to just focus on that person's success and fail to examine the JOURNEY that that person had to go through to get to where they are. Learning from that journey is what helps children, parents and teachers get through the day-to-day struggles.
And that's why this video of Gavin's is really grounding. He speaks about the FACT THAT MISTAKES WILL HAPPEN, and will happen OFTEN for children with learning disabilities. And the fact that FEELING like a failure is absolutely normal. BUT, he doesn't end there. He quotes Winston Churchill, about how "the secret to success is to move from failure to failure WITH ENTHUSIASM." And then he drives it home with a good dose of REALITY AND HOPE: "Your expressions’ unique. … recognize that you’re in the process of overcompensating, and as a consequence of that, developing skills and talent that you have no idea exists within you, and one day you’re gonna see manifest in ways that will enliven you and make you feel like all of this was worth it, and you would never take it back."