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Deputy Mayor of Faversham’s Blog – Life often throws us unexpected challenges

Autumn 2023

In my last blog I talked about who I am and how I got here, I wrote openly and frankly about my personal battles with mental health and I touched on conditions I have. In this blog I want to talk more about those conditions and how they do not hinder me but they create a core part of who I am, and I have grown from looking at them as a hindrance to making me ME!

I have 3 different conditions: ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. While each is very different I hope this blog helps people to understand what its like to live with these conditions and how it affects mine and many others day to day life.

Life often throws us unexpected challenges, obstacles that seem insurmountable at first glance. But it’s the way we respond to these challenges that defines us, and there are individuals who embody resilience and determination in the face of adversity. This blog celebrates the inspiring journey of those who navigate life with the trifecta of dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD.

A Symphony of Differences

Imagine a symphony where each musician brings their unique instrument to the stage. Dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD are like these distinctive instruments in the orchestra of life. Each condition brings its own set of difficulties, but it also adds unique notes to the melody of an individual’s existence. These individuals don’t merely survive; they thrive by harmonizing their differences.

The Dyslexic Dreamer

Dyslexia, often characterized by difficulties in reading and spelling, doesn’t define a person’s intelligence. Instead, it cultivates creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Dyslexic individuals often excel in fields like art, design, and entrepreneurship, where thinking outside the box is an asset.

The Dyspraxic Dynamo

Dyspraxia, with its motor coordination challenges, might make simple tasks seem Herculean. However, it also nurtures perseverance and adaptability. Dyspraxic individuals often excel in careers that require problem-solving and innovation.

Consider the story of Daniel Radcliffe, the actor famous for his role as Harry Potter. Radcliffe openly discusses his experience with dyspraxia, acknowledging the difficulties he faced in everyday activities. But his determination to pursue his passion for acting led him to become an international superstar. His story reminds us that dyspraxia can be a catalyst for personal growth and achievement.

The ADHD Trailblazer

ADHD, characterized by difficulties in focus and impulse control, can be seen as a barrier to success. However, it also gifts individuals with boundless energy, creativity, and an ability to think on their feet. Many successful entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators attribute their accomplishments to their ADHD-driven intensity.

Take the example of Sir Richard Feynman, a Nobel laureate in physics. Feynman had ADHD, which fueled his insatiable curiosity and unconventional approach to science. His passion for learning and relentless pursuit of knowledge transformed him into a scientific icon, demonstrating that ADHD can be a driving force for exceptional achievement.

Thriving in Unity

While these conditions may seem like individual battles, they often coexist, creating complex challenges in daily life. However, individuals who navigate this triumvirate of conditions demonstrate remarkable resilience and adaptability.

Support systems play a crucial role in their journeys. Family, friends, and educators who provide understanding, patience, and encouragement are invaluable allies. Specialized therapies and interventions tailored to their unique needs are also essential tools on their path to success.

The Power of Self-Belief

Perhaps the most crucial factor in thriving with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD is self-belief. Believing in one’s potential and celebrating one’s differences can turn adversity into advantage. These individuals show us that it’s possible to transcend limitations and achieve greatness.

In their stories, we find inspiration to embrace our own unique qualities, whatever they may be. They remind us that success is not defined by conformity to societal norms but by the courage to forge our paths, despite the odds.

If you have got this far reading through my blog then thank you, the journey with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD is not without its challenges, but it’s also a journey of resilience, creativity, and strength. These individuals teach us that our differences can be our greatest assets, and our perceived limitations can be the stepping stones to greatness.

So, why am I celebrating the symphony of differences in each of us and the extraordinary potential that lies within? Well because everything you have read in this blog is me, its my life…. You may ask why this is important, why has this needs a blog written about my struggles when plenty others suffer from the same issues…. Well its because not everyone gets the visibility or opportunity to talk openly and honestly about these things and if I can help one person with there own personal struggles then this blog is worth it.

Thank you for reading and if you would like to speak to me about any of the things raised in this blog please feel free to email me josh.rowlands@favershamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Josh Rowlands

Deputy Mayor

1 September 2023
Last Updated
1 September 2023
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