Listen before you judge - Nikunj
Updated: Jul 12, 2020
When our society thinks of a disability, they tend to focus on physical disabilities alone , since they can be seen and can manifest in the real world. We tend to believe what we see. But mental disabilities and illnesses are often ignored because they are hidden under the surface. Not many of us make an effort to understand or learn about the mental health issues. I have Dyscalculia, since childhood. For those of you who don't know - Dyscalculia is a type of Dyslexia in which we have difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic, such as difficulty in understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, performing mathematical calculations and learning facts in mathematics. Was I judged? Yes, at many occasions. But I didn't let this bow me down because I believe that if there is any disability there is always a way out to transform it into ability. So I listened to my heart and I was able to see the larger picture. Being dyslexic has made me good at delegation. I can delegate small tasks much more effectively than others. Hidden Dyslexia for me was a disability that distinguished me from others because of neurodiversity. Many times, my disability is not understood. There is a lot of stigma around it as it is with many mental health issues. If I start sharing the instances when I was mocked, the list is endless. I think it is high time for us to start being more compassionate and listen without judgement. Everyone has their own battles. Be kind. Listen first.