A Slow Learner am I

A Slow Learner am I.

I wrote a post in June of last year titled ‘2nd Grade & 2nd Grade‘; I would encourage you click the link and read it.  In that post I ended with the following –

As a young child I thought maybe I was retarded or maybe my parents thought I was.  Growing up into my adult years I thought I was stupid, as an middle aged adult I thought I had ADD and OCD, but now I know I have an intellectual disability.

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In today’s post I write the following –

Google ‘A Slow Learner’ and the first results is from the thehealthsite.com and displays the following –

In order to grasp new concepts, a slow learner needs more time, a number of repetitions, patience and often more resources from teachers to be successful. In children with this condition, reasoning skills are typically delayed, which makes new concepts difficult to learn and grasp.

That was me as a young child, as a teenager later in high school and still today as an adult.  A slow learner am I; it takes me longer to learn and to retain.

In my post ‘ME and ADD‘, I wrote the following –

I have always had issues with concentrating, staying focus, impulsivity along with some emotional difficulties.  As a child this created issues with learning and my self-esteem.  As an adult, I learned to deal with and manage the symptoms resulting in a successful career and personal life – I learned to compensate for my weaknesses.  Many of the symptoms of ADD I continue to deal with on a daily basis and now that I am officially retired from working, some symptoms are stronger.  I believe this is due to the lack of focus I previously had with my job which was motivating, interesting and stimulating.  Now with more free time, feelings of not being in a hurry and having no focus, this has created more chaos then calmness in my mind.

In today’s post, I write the following –

My learning to be easy-going, to be cool under pressure and to handle stress is difficult for me.  A slow learner am I.   Every morning with my exercise and meditation I repeat to myself and remind myself it is a new day and with it comes new opportunities to be a better person.  “Stay calm under pressure”, I tell myself.  “Be patient and not controlling today”, is always a reminder to myself.  “Be the breath and stay in the moment” another important reminder.

A slow learner am I.

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I do learn: I need quite surroundings to read, learn and comprehend.  I learn best when I am regimented, scheduled, and focused.

A slow learner am I.

I will learn, I will overcome, I will achieve, I will become.

A slow learner am I.

Repetition, patience, extra time and additional resources, I will learn.

A slow learner am I.

I will learn, I will overcome, I will achieve, I will become.

44 thoughts on “A Slow Learner am I

  1. I notice how quickly life becomes difficult when you refuse to learn and think you know everything…
    …at least that’s my understanding. 🙂
    Great post!

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  2. A great reminder spearfruit. My eldest son is very bright in many ways, but could probably be categorized as a slow learner. Sometimes it’s frustrating for me to be repetitive. Even yesterday doing simple fractions, I had to draw diagrams, fill water bottles, etc. and the concept was still allusive. Thank you for reminding me to be patient! 🙂

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    • Thanks Sadie for being patient – it is very important to your son. I believe my difficulty in learning at a young age was the setup for things to come later in my life. I understand and accept this now and even though I continue to struggle, I feel better about myself, and this makes me want to learn and keep learning. Have a happy day Sadie, I appreciate your honest comment. 🙂

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  3. The beginning of your post was so oddly coincidental. Recently I had a sibling tell me they felt the same way as you did as a young child, that they were retarded somehow because they didn’t learn the same way as I did (and my other sibling). I was shocked. I always thought privately that they probably had ADD (undiagnosed in the 60s and 70s as you well know yourself) or just learned differently. People DO learn things differently…some are best suited to the tactile way – doing the thing they’re trying to learn several times and getting better and better at it; some (like me) can read and absorb our version of what is being taught, but have a harder time DOING the thing, it takes me several attempts to master what I get in my head the first time. And the way that we interpret the lesson varies widely too…I recently realized that I don’t understand what is conveyed (written or spoken) to me the same way that it might be meant by the author/speaker. I had a long and rather one-sided argument with someone about what constitutes the word ‘relationship’. I understood it in a very specific and tunnel visioned way to mean an INTIMATE relationship…I never thought about the other types there are: business, professional, etc etc. So I’m glad that you continue to strive, to overcome and to achieve. And don’t be too hard on yourself. Slow learner? Label. You just learn in your own fashion. Like everyone else.

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    • Yes, there is that label – I think I wrote a post on that subject the other day! Anyway, I appreciate your honestly and input and agree, we certainly have different ways of learning. I am unsure how kids are taught today in school, but one way fits all is not always a good way to teach – some kids learn differently. Have a happy day, dear. 🙂

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  4. I swear, this describes me also. But the beauty of it is this: When I master something, I almost always do it ten times better than those who didn’t have to work as hard. And there’s something highly satisfying in that knowledge. 🙂

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  5. Personally I am from the “School of Hard Knocks” as my parents called it, I was one of the most stubborn child and bull-headed, as my parents called it….I remember my dad telling my mother, save your breath, she isn’t going to listen, she is going to have to go the School of Hard Knocks!!! And that I did several times over….LOL and this all started before school age…LOL so in retrospect my stubbornness my stupidity showed up…LOL I am still hard headed but have learned to listen to reason and make an informed decision…LOL I love how your post brings out the memories from the depths of my mind……xxkat How’s the list going, hope your smiling????

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  6. The most important part of your post is that you ARE a learner. How is not as important, especially since learning is a lifetime pursuit. Besides, being a slow learner can have different meanings. Some people are quick book learners, but slow life learners. And vice versa. But learning is key, and you have that! You really are a wonderful person Terry!

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  7. I think you might be too hard on yourself! You are a beautiful person with a loving, caring heart, and that is what matters most! You do not need to learn how to care or love – that is already in you – and that is the most important part – the other stuff…. well … who cares how long that takes – it is is just “stuff” ❤

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  8. We all are slow learners to some degree in life, whether it be at school, life lessons, whatever. The main thing is ‘we learn’ eventually. Recognising the issue is huge, that way you know how to deal with it. At school, most people had different ways of learning. I for one, like you, needed that quietness, my brother he could just listen in class, digest and rarely have to pick up a book, I had to work hard. My daughter learns with the tv on, watching a program, triple tasking ! it is so frustrating!!! At the end of the day, we are all individuals, trying to survive in this world, so long as we are kind, loving people, doing our best, that is all that counts. Happy Friday Terry. x

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    • I understand your daughter learning with the TV on, Gary is the same way – I am unable to do it – I need silence to focus! Thanks Lynne, I always look forward to your comments…and a Happy Friday to you as well. 🙂

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  9. I think people can be slow to pick things up for sure but I put that down to what piques interest and the way you are taught. I am 48 (I know, I know, I don’t look it… 😉 )and I struggle to learn now. I struggle to learn from books, I struggle to take things on board when I am not engaged but I have come to understand that. If I need to have a meeting that matters and I need to pay attention then I will take Emma or Mum or my Brother so that they can ask the relevant questions, understand the answers and take on what needs to be done. It is not being lazy on my behalf, it is almost being dis engaged and unable to do anything about it.
    I know I am a clever, witty, erudite man but I do have issues with learning new things. Show me a video or better still show me directly and I will pick it up in seconds.
    It all depends on what kind of learner we are and that will dictate how quickly we understand.
    I am not slow, I am not stupid but I do struggle to learn now that I am older.
    But I’m good with that and the people that love me most are good with that too….

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  10. I have issues with focus and had to train myself to study although I have a high IQ. I have no patience and am easily distracted so can empathize with your difficulties. I am not good at languages but great at communication so I keep studying Spanish to make myself as useful as possible. I admire your willingness to blog every day – I can’t manage that.

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