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Talents can emerge from birth and become stronger as we grow but other talents may lay hidden until difficulties in our lives spark them Roman poet Horace writes that adversity brings about talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant Many of us are forced to face difficulties throughout our lives For me I have been dealing with a speech impediment I have difficulty pronouncing my ss and ths and people often have to ask my to repeat myself When they do I become frustrated and usually just give up on whatever it was I was trying to say My mom tried to help me by putting me in speech therapy at both Grandview and OSU The classes only made me realize how apparent my impediment is The teachers tried to teach me the correct way to s but it only frustrated me I couldnt pronounce it correctly and began to dread the therapy In middle school I stopped going to the classes but tried my best to avoid any situation that Id have to speech in front of others I missed out on speaking parts in plays and many many points on speeches because I was worried that everyone would laugh at me or just be confused about what I was saying When I had no choice about mandatory speeches and presentations I was constantly listening for laughs or comments about my speech impediment from the crowdMy speech impediment has caused me to miss out things but it has also allowed me to become a stronger person Today I am not as selfconscious when I speak in front of others My speech impediment has taught me how to be aware of my actions while presenting in front of others My speech impediment has taught me to not care so much about what others think I have learned that just because they make fun of me I shouldnt let it affect me My speech
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