Thoughts Of A Learning Disabled Person Without Anxiety Vs. A Learning Disabled Person With Anxiety

Thoughts Of A Learning Disabled Person Without Anxiety Vs. A Learning Disabled Person With Anxiety

Anxiety can mean a world of difference.

Being learning disabled can be tough. There is always at least one subject that you cannot understand, no matter what. You just seem to process it differently than others normally do.

Having anxiety along with a learning disability can be a punch to the face. You are constantly reminded of your disability, feeling as if you are "stupid" or "unintelligent." For someone with anxiety, simple situations can mean a world of a difference. Here are a few situations that describe that difference.

1. Upcoming test

Non-anxiety: "Ok, time for me to put this to the test. I know if I study hard, I can do this, regardless of my learning disability."

Anxiety: "No matter how much I study or advocate for myself, I know I'm for sure going to fail. I don't understand anything. I'll never be able to understand. I'm too dumb, stupid, and unintelligent to do well on this test."

2. In class

Non-anxiety: "Ok, I'm slowly getting it. It may take longer, but I'll get there."

Anxiety: "Huh? Where did you get four from? That doesn't make sense. The teacher is going too fast, but I'm too afraid to ask her because the whole class will know how stupid I am."

3. Taking a test

Non-anxiety: "I can do this! I studied hard, and I know that I will do well, regardless of my learning struggles. There is nothing to be afraid of!"

Anxiety: "I have everything to be afraid of. I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know how to set up this equation. I'm blanking out. I forgot everything I studied. I'm gonna fail. Will the teacher see that I'm crying?"

4. Getting a test score back

Non-anxiety: "Oh, I didn't do as well as I thought. But it's just one test. I can go to the teacher for help and study harder next time, and I'll be back on track!"

Anxiety: "I knew it. I failed. It's because I'm stupid, I'm worthless, and I will never be as smart as anyone else. I need to see the teacher outside of class, but I'm afraid they won't know how to teach me because I'm different. I'm too dumb for their class anyway. If I'm too dumb, I won't get an A in this class. I won't pass. I won't graduate. I won't get a high GPA. I won't get a job after graduation because I am just too unintelligent. I want to cry."

5. Finding out final GPA

Non-anxiety: "It probably isn't as high as I would like it to be, but it is still higher than a lot of people! The only thing that matters is that I tried. I'm not perfect, and I can still be successful without a perfect GPA!"

Anxiety: "That's it. I am officially not smart enough for anything. How did I even get into school? I'm not fit for a place where people are smarter than me. My GPA isn't as high as others because I'm no good at all. No one is going to hire me with this GPA."

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Be Patient With Yourself

Change is never instant.


When you set a new goal for yourself or feel yourself getting back into old habits, it can seem easy to be discouraged. Perhaps you've been trying to change some aspect of your life, and you're just not seeing the results you've wished for. When life throws curveballs at us, we can feel like we've been hit with something major and difficult to conquer.

Change seems to be something that never happens as quickly as we would like; it takes time, courage, and patience in order to enact change. Changing some aspect of our personal lives can be challenging. Doing this can push us beyond our comfort zones and into situations that we never imagined ourselves in. Despite what our minds may trick us into thinking, these situations may not be as bad as they seem.

I find it easy to be patient with other people. I let them take their time and want them to take as much as they need in order to complete a task. Why don't I give myself the same compassion when I want to change some aspect of my life? Why do I seem to quickly become impatient with myself? Although it's okay to be hard on ourselves occasionally, we should also be able to be kind to ourselves as well.

Being patient takes practice and skill, and patience is not a quality that every person has. However, when it comes to our own selves, it's important to remember that we are humans and that we are not perfect. Becoming patient with ourselves will allow for more positivity in our lives, instead of constant harshness.

In my life right now, I am going through physical, emotional, and spiritual changes. Throughout my journey of personal change, I have let myself grow more and more patient with myself. I take small steps to reach my larger goals, but I haven't always had this mindset. A few months ago, I would have been disappointed in my progress towards my personal goals. But, after changing my mindset and realizing that I need to be patient with the change that is to come, I have celebrated any and all progress.

It's the little things that allow for more patience. Today, I ran a half mile further, wrote down how I was feeling, and looked up Bible verses pertaining to my current situation. These things may seem so small, but they indicate progress towards my goals of change. The small things often add up to larger, more definite things.

Increasing patience for ourselves in our personal and professional lives can have a positive impact. We need to take time to initiate change, and there should be no rush. After all, change is not instant. The people we envision ourselves being may be different from who we are now, but we will get there one day through being patient with ourselves and our progress.

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