Speech impediment don’t need to ruin your life. Maybe you are not a rapper, but I think you will be inspired by this video.
I can relate to Jake. I can remember back in school when I had problems with stuttering. I became so embarrassed struggling with my own severe speech impediment: How I struggled to get my words out. Talk about getting red in the face! That was me.
So, I can relate to this young man, and admire what he is doing. I find it so ironic and liberating that Jake has faced his own speech impediment of stuttering by becoming a rapper. Instead of isolating himself from social encounters, he is overcoming his speech impediment by facing them dead on. Go Jake!
As for me, people do not easily believe that I once feared getting in front of others. As a kid, I would be mercilessly taunted to talk just because I sounded funny! ( Cruelty at its finest!)
Well, because of supportive parents, and speech teachers, I have learned how to overcome my own speech impediment. I do occasionally stutter, but I do get through this.
Like Jake, I have not allowed this disABILITY to define me. In fact, I face it daily as I facilitate groups on life skills.
My motivation in overcoming these struggles is the reality that the passion that God has given me to help others live beyond mediocrity is more important than my occasional lapses into awkwardly speaking.
If you are stuck, give me a shout. Let’s talk. In the meantime, check out Leveraging Your Weaknesses Worksheet in order to help you begin to realize how you can overcome your struggles.
Blessings on your journey!