As stutterers, we are often taught to hide our stutters from the world. Conceal what makes you different and highlight what makes you “normal.” Stutterers then turn their attention to other areas of their lives, striving to reach some semblance of perfection. This sought after idea of normalcy and sticking with the status quo always seems to hang over our heads. We live in a society that values the normal over the extraordinary, which sometimes makes it hard to fit in. But as stutterers, we must remember what we bring to the table.
Oftentimes, stutterers have lived lives that not many people understand or can even begin to grasp. We have experienced bullying, cruel words, and difficult social interactions. All these experiences have provided us with a unique perspective on the world. Although life has never been easy, we have grown to be strong and compassionate people. Our experiences have given us extreme empathy and the ability to always look after and protect the underdog. Having a stutter is a unique gift.
When you have a stutter, you go through life with a completely different mindset. You see how others treat you, how they treat others, and most importantly, you see how you treat yourself. Having a stutter is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, having a stutter is something to be proud of. It is something that makes you stronger, wiser, and a better person. Your stutter shapes your character and encourages those around you to grow their character as well. Never forget what a gift you are to others!