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Carrie Writes
Overcoming Obstacles
Carrie Barrepski

A famous astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, was giving a speech when a girl in the audience approached the microphone and asked if there were people with dyslexia in his field.
Tyson replied that there were colleagues and scientists with several different types of learning disabilities in his field. He explained that disabilities are not a hindrance, but rather are empowering. Part of his response was “the answer is yes, but it’s a hurdle. But in the Olympics, what do you do when you come to a hurdle? You jump over it.”
When many encounter an obstacle, such as a disability, they succeed because they learn about their condition and the best way to compensate for their disability. The idea is to understand the disability before overcoming the obstacle.
There are several ways disabled individuals can overcome obstacles. The first one is to never give up. The idea is to keep on researching until you find the best solution. The second one is to never compare yourself to others. We are all unique people with our own abilities and skills to succeed. Third, they need to have a positive attitude about life because their energy will empower them to move forward to new goals.
You should always look at any situation as a learning experience about how we can improve. It is also important to set realistic goals while celebrating the small victories.

One Response to “Obstacles”

  1. Patty
    January 9th, 2019 23:15

    It is easy to say, BUT when you finally bump into genuine, hard nosed discrimination it can be a big shock! My neighbors here have never accepted me, the very first rejection I have ever experienced in my entire life. It hurts.

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