Learned how to read a clock
This is ridiculous but for me its a bit of a triumph.
Im 29 and just this week I learned how to read a 12 hour clock.
When I was a kid and in school we were being taught how to tell the time, the teacher was very critical and would go crazy over any little mistake and make us all feel really stupid - she hated kids and shouldnt have been a teacher.
Whatever way she taught us how to read the clock it didnt make sense to me, she had no patience so im sure this was a factor.
To add to this my mother was very critical, any little mistake I made was made into a big deal and she would constantly call me stupid. When she tried teaching me how to tell time and I didnt get it straight away she would get very angry. Both of my parents would call me a duns and once made me a paper hat with a big D written on it, my mother told me every day that I was going to end up in the special needs school where she worked because I was so stupid, she would be so ashamed that she'll have to leave her job so she'll have to sell the house because she wont be able to afford the mortgage and I will have ruined her life because of my stupidity - I excelled in English and all my other subjects, I just didn't like math so for this I was severely punished.
My parents would put me on the spot and ask me math questions knowing it made me nervous, they would then make fun of me when I didnt get the answer straight away, tell me I was stupid, no good, and should be in special needs.
The criticism must have really effected me as my whole life I avoided clocks and anything to do with maths, I had a fear of numbers. Any time I looked at a 12 hour clock it would bring back feelings of inadequacy and I would feel stupid so I never attempted to learn how to tell time. I could work out addition, subtraction, multiplication and percentages in my head with accuracy but if someone asked me a maths question I would freeze and avoid the question.
Im now a teacher, im trained to teach Art and English to second second level teenagers and adult education.
Last week I was offered a subbing position in a Primary kid school as theyre desperately in need of teachers, I took it and on the first day I was told I have to teach the kids how to tell the time. I had a gut reaction to this and was filled with anxiety, I was convinced I was going to look stupid and everyone will see what an idiot I am but I had no choice but to teach the class.
I had a little bit time to prepare before the class started so I had to look at a clock and teach myself how to tell time but in under 20 seconds I was able to read the clock with no problems. I can tell time, all these years I avoided clocks and thought I couldn't read them and thought that im too stupid.. when in fact I always could.
I also had to teach weight which I easily explained to the class, unaware that I had known how to do this my whole life and never realised how easy it actually all is.
I know how stupid this sounds - I sound so stupid but I think its kind of interesting and shows the effects that criticism can have on some people and makes me wonder what else im capable of that ive always believed I couldnt do.