“Pay Attention !”
Pay attention, she said. They all said that. And they said it over and over again.
Sit straight. Look at me. Pay attention.
I can’t! I can’t pay attention. I don’t learn if I am sitting straight and I don’t learn by looking at you. I’m an energetic kid. I learn as I rock my chair, as you move, and I look at your moving steps.
I learn as I explore and discover. I learn as I move around the class. I learn if you teach it in a way that I understand. But no one understood me. No one.
For them, I was just a naughty child. A child who never studied and who always stirred up trouble. They always called me naughty. So I became naughty.
They never taught me how I liked to be taught anyway. I mixed up with the wrong company, and spent most of the time outside class. Things were getting bad.
My parents thought of changing my school as a last attempt to resolve this. It looked like things would be the same.
The first time I couldn’t pay attention, the teacher asked me if I was worried about something. No one has asked me that before. But I couldn’t talk to her.
So she sent me to the school counselor.
And things changed. We spoke of the problems I face, and she told me that many children have this issue.
Children have many ways of learning and this is just one of them. Everyone does not like to sit down in order to learn.
She told me what I had was called ADHD, but many people tend to give only medicines to their kids for this, and not actually work with them for better learning habits.
My parents understood. We checked and the need for medicine wasn’t high.
It was more important to work on my learning habits and to find a career for me which would suit my needs. Slowly, all the teachers and classmates accepted me.
But the big question remained : what career could I choose?
That’s when I realized what it would be. I was doing a charity event in my neighbourhood. I loved running around, making sure everything was okay. Before I completed one thing, the other would require me. It was perfect for me! So that’s what I decided to do. I went for event management.
Today, I have the most vibrant event management company, and a very happy family. And I don’t tell my children to sit straight.