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Amy Temple

I am a freelance writer/blogger specializing in non-fictional inspiration. 

In 2017, I self-published a memoir titled "I Am Not Stupid" which is about living with learning disabilities and is available through Amazon.com.  

I write regularly for several websites nationally and internationally.

I am an Indiana native but currently live in Florida.

My Life With Learning Disabilities

Since I have been five years old, I have been living life with learning disabilities.  

Now this is not something I am ashamed of.  No, not at all.  It's a part of me.  It's made me who I am.  

However that doesn't mean it has been easy.

All kinds of professionals made claims I would not amount to much.  They said I would never be able to live independently.   I was a lost cause.  On and on, it went.

Yet I have been blessed with loving and supportive parents who have always encouraged me and made sure I never have doubted myself.  

Believe me, those words have come in handy more than a time or two.

I endured some pretty harsh bullying in school, mostly in junior high.  It did quite a number on my self-esteem, let me tell you.

When I graduated from high school and decided to enter the workforce, I received quite the wake-up call about how society feels about people with my condition.

I enrolled in a local job program for the disabled.  Despite receiving a general secretarial certification during my senior year, the only job interviews the program coordinators would set up, were well below my qualifications.   

At my annual review, the head of the program announced his belief that I would always live below the poverty line.  "Amy will always be on welfare".

My parents and I decided not to renew for another year.

As I stated at the beginning of this blog, I have never been ashamed of my learning disabilities and besides, what could I do about it anyway if I was?

So I went out on my own looking for work, never disguising my condition.  All I received were very hesitant potential employers only complying with an interview as not to risk for a discriminatory lawsuit.  

I even went back to school and received a medical secretarial certification but to no avail.  

After several years of frustration, I decided to give up the job search and become self-employed.

For the past 13 years, I have been running my own dog-sitting business.  It's just me and I work mostly around my neighborhood but the pay is good and the work is regular.

This work has allowed me to pursue a writing career.  I write regularly for several websites nationally and internationally with a focus on inspiration.  

Two years ago, I self-published a memoir titled "I Am Not Stupid" which is available through Amazon.

My main goal as a writer is not fame nor wealth.  

I want to use this gift that God has given me to make the world a better place.  

With all that I have gone through over the years, I have decided not to live bitter.   It hasn't been an easy journey, I'm not going to lie.  For many years I battled with low self-esteem and insecurity over the discrimination and rejection I have had to endure.  

As I have gotten older, I have to realize that none of that matters.  I am always going to encounter society's disdain.  I have wasted a lot of years trying to understand why.  

But we are never going to completely understand why someone accepts us and someone else doesn't.  

That's just how life goes, unfortunately.   

Now it is up to us to decide how we are going to live our lives despite this.

Will we wallow in our misery, ruining the only chance we have a life...

Or we can just get up after we get knocked down and keep on plugging.

As for me...

I choose to keep on plugging. 

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Published on November 26, 2019
Bullying Vs. Learning Disabilities

I'm sitting here writing this to you proclaiming I am a survivor of bullying and harassment.

I can very easily say junior high school was the worst two years of my life and I am not exaggerating!

Every day I endured horrible name-calling, taunting, pushing and physical threats.

I remember being so scared walking down the halls in between classes I would huddle up against the wall, clutching my bookbag.

I would often go home sick.

God bless the school administration.  They tried so hard to contain the harassment but it was a very big school.  There was only so much they could do.

As you can imagine, all of it royally messed me up not only physically but emotionally and mentally.

Low self-esteem, fear, anxiety and insecurities became my constant companions.

My parents and I moved to a small town during my first semester of ninth grade.

High school was a completely different atmosphere and I was very grateful for the changes, let me tell you.

Most of the students didn't care if I was in special education.  They accepted me and moved on.

I was so scarred by all the trauma I endured in junior high that I pretty much kept to myself.  I didn't snub anyone.  I was friendly but I was very cautious.

That's not to say I didn't endure any harassment.

I had a male classmate of mine who frequently asked me out on dates for almost a year.  We met during English class second semester of my sophomore year.  I honestly thought it was just a crush and that it would pass once the new school year began.

It didn't.  We had two classes together that year and it continued.

I tried making him understand I wasn't interested but to no avail.

To tell you the truth...he was a popular guy and he knew it.  He would be charming.  He would be friendly.  I don't think he was used to hearing the word "No" so I provided him with quite the challenge.

All of that attention didn't help me any as far as finding relief for my issues were concerned.

I began reading all kinds of self help books when I was fifteen, trying to find a cure.

I wanted to be free from all that I had been feeling.  I would have done anything.

I started to watch all the popular kids and wished I could have a piece of what they had.

I even began to think if I dated a popular guy that would solve all my problems.

So I asked one out.  It was a complete disaster!  The whole thing made everything worse...actually so much worse!

Being a small town school, everyone knew what I did.  Most of the students quickly moved on but for the boy and his friends...they made a big joke out of me.

To make a very long story short...I was completely humiliated!

All my fears, anxieties and insecurities doubled!

It stayed with me for a very long time!

It affected me in all areas of my life for an embarrassing amount of years.

I can't tell you how many self-help books I have read over the past 30 years!

I just could not understand why it had to happen to me!

What made them think that I would be too stupid to not say anything.

I went down the whole Oh woe is me route from my teenage years until I was well into my adult years.

As I have gotten older I have come to realize that I have been giving these individuals way too much power.

I have got to pick myself up and keep pressing forward to the life I was made to live.

I am a survivor not a victim.

And I intend to keep living this way!

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Published on December 13, 2019