The dyslexic journey: Not all those who wander are lost

not all who wander are lost

I love this quote because it describes exactly how I feel about being dyslexic. My brain doesn’t get from point A to Z in a straight line, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The dyslexic journey means having to take a different path or forging your own. But if you’re open to it, you’ll find you have many wonderful adventures along the way.

It’s like going on vacation, and getting off the main road. Who knows where you’ll end up, and who you’ll meet.

dyslexic path

I think like I travel. In a non-linear way. I can get lost in the corners of my mind. I know this can be frustrating for those around me sometimes; and I appreciate their patience.

But to some, I’m a mystery to be solved, a disorder to cured.

I know I’m not lost, and I know I’m not broken.

It feels so good to let go of the pain that I’ve held onto for so many years.

Slowly, slowly.

Getting where I need to go.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes, a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
~J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

p.s. I feel particularly light today, because my journey took me and three other families into the office of Joel Harden, my local Member of Provincial Parliament, to share our stories and see if he would help champion our cause. He listened intently, asked thoughtful questions and immediately offered tangible advice and support. He said what we need is “transformational change” that will lead to full inclusion in society. He’s right. One step at a time, we are moving closer to changing the world. Can’t wait to see what comes next…


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