Ideaphoria

Ideaphoria

When I was sixteen my Dad put me on a train to New York City. I was on a journey to find out what my aptitudes were. I must have had a decent aptitude for following directions and orientation, for, while it was a bit daunting, I found the address I was given amongst the maze of streets and buildings. I arrived at the Johnson O’Conner institute early in the morning, and seven brain frazzling hours later they sat me down in a comfy chair and explained their findings. I won’t bore you with all the details, but according to their results it was a miracle that I ever found the place. I had one of the lowest spatial abilities scores they had ever seen. They implored me never to attempt any career that had to do with building or spatial understanding – I would be a complete failure and thoroughly unsatisfied with life if I did. (Side note: while it is true that I am slow, and scratch my head a lot when it comes to spatial intensive projects, I find them very rewarding. I’ve built numerous house additions, barns, and two houses. I also get half my income from teaching Orientation and Mobility to blind people … I guess they would say that is like the blind leading the blind :). But I do enjoy it, and I have a lot of empathy for my students since I also struggle with the skills that they are trying to learn. And they don’t know that I don’t have any aptitude for what I’m teaching them.) The good news...