For my most recent blog, I’ve decided to share my own Dyslexia story and discuss why making a difference to children in our education system is so important to me as the owner of a yoga business.
At the age of ten I was beginning to struggle at school. Now at the age of 41, I can look back and understand how difficult, and how much harder it must be for children in the UK education system today. Large classes and reduced funding into support and help for children is a daily frustration for both students and teachers. I see my journey as lucky as my mum spotted that I was finding things difficult so gave me the opportunity to attend a great school which helped me to build my self esteem and realise my self worth. However, to this day it has still left a little gap in which I often doubt myself, but if I am honest this gap has made me more understanding of others and more able to see how others are often struggling when acting out and recognising that support is needed to make things better.
I was always very lucky as I had amazing friends and still do now but in order to cover up my dyslexia and the problems in school, I became naughty and distracted. As this made my friends laugh, I was then seen as the cool one and not the one who was struggling academically. Unfortunately, this became a habit which led to bad reports and comments of “could work harder or could do better”.
I was often petrified of taking exams as I knew the results were not going to be good. Even after the exam, I would often try to avoid getting the results as they were so bad and it was just so wearing and my self esteem again was effected. I am a true believer that we are not all academic but we all have amazing talents that we need to find and reveal which is often in children who find school difficult. By finding these hidden talents we may help children to deal with the bigger challenges that face them in their lives.
I remember having an amazing teacher who once said to me, “one day Megan you can achieve what ever you want in life, it may take you a bit longer but it will be even more worth it”. This stuck with me then and still does now as an adult. I was always good at sport and horse riding and this was something that my parents supported me to do and as a result my talent was found and thus my self esteem grew.
I have never felt arrogant or had a large ego as I have just felt very lucky to have found a path that has worked for me. I have never been scared of hard work and have always wanted to reach my full potential and that is what I want my kids to do and all the children that I have been fortunate enough to work with.
I spent a few years of my life working in a pupil referral unit in London and I am convinced that some of the kids behaviour problems were not due to simply being naughty but as a result of the system letting them down. The interesting part of it all was that many of them had learning problems and were dyslexic but behaviour and self esteem had become so low that they could not see a path out of the cycle that they were in. This is just so very sad as I feel they have been so let down as things could be very different for them and as a result, society is then missing the talent of people who could offer a lot to the world.
I want yoga and mindfulness to be something all children can access as part of their education. It is such a beneficial tool that can be given to children who maybe struggling academically. I believe if we can give children the tools to grow their self worth and look after themselves, we will create a far happier future for us all.