Something about a haircut makes me feel refreshed and happy. Growing up, I never opted for a hairstyle that was not just traditional and (no offence) boring. As I began to accept myself (stuttering and the rest of me) I started going beyond the norm for haircuts. My hair has had a good life, been long, short and yes even had highlights. Getting a fade with a line is just something I’m enjoying at the moment and while some may see it as a bold or crazy haircut, I just see it as another cut. I don’t need to worry about what people will think about it because I like it and that’s all that really matters, isn’t it? We go through life worrying about other people’s opinions, but yours is the one that matters the most.
As I prepare for my upcoming presentation at the Australian Speak Easy Association’s conference titled Acceptance Does Not Equal Defeat, I spoke with Daniele Rossi of stutteringiscool.com and Grant Meredith about what acceptance means to them.
Before we begin, I need to quickly inform you or sort of address the elephant in the room. It’s not you with the accent, I have the accent. I have an American and Canadian accent so I’m dual citizen but I have a third accent that a lot of people are unaware of and sort of have a funny look is that I also have a stutter. If you hear me hesitate, I appreciate your willingness to not fall for the stereotypes that I’m nervous, I talk too fast, I’m unsure or I’m lying because it’s none of those things. I just like to make people aware because there are these stereotypes in the world about people who stutter.
This sign is from my local coffee shop and reminds me of how I feel at stuttering related events such as a conference, local meetup or online Stutter Social video chat. People from all walks of life attend these types of gatherings but our common bond of stuttering is what unites us all and builds our community.
The goal of this project is to create a compilation video showing the different faces and languages of our global community of people who have a stutter.
The final video will be shared across social media on International Stuttering Awareness Day, 22 October 2018.
Please visit the following page for additional details, submission guidelines and instructions.
Stuttering can affect more than communication. I would have avoided wearing a shirt like this caffeine molecule shirt out of fear.
Fear of what?
Fear of a conversation
Fear of stuttering
Fear of judgement if I stuttered
Fear of what people think
Yes this stuttering thing can impact a lot more than trying to place my coffee order. It can affect the way I dress. Crazy I know but reality for some.
Forget the fear!
I love to talk
I might stutter, so what?
Opportunity to educate the listener
Nah, don’t bother with this anymore
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