Hello! My name is Peter Harrower and I was diagnosed with dyslexia at age six. It’s been an interesting journey over the years. It wasn’t always easy and it wasn’t always fun, but what I went through over the years helped turn me into the man I was meant to become.
When I was in school, writing was one of my biggest enemies. When I turned 21, I wanted a better life but I didn’t know how to get it, so I decided to create “another life” and start over.
I was inspired by a book about journaling and thought I would give it a try. I wanted to write about something easy, so I picked my family as my first subject. Starting simple was key because writing like this was all new to me. I didn’t know what to do and how to write. Now, after a few years of writing, I have realized there is no right or wrong to follow when you begin writing. You don’t just write or type with your hands. How you write comes from your heart and your mind.
Writing is supposed to be fun and not stressful. It’s supposed to help you escape your struggles and the battles you are facing. If you’re embarrassed, don’t tell anyone, keep it between you and your notebook. That’s what I did.
Even though I'm dyslexic and hated school, one plus that has come from it was thinking outside of the box. One day I decided to be creative. I told myself, “I don’t know how I'm going to do it but I, Peter A Harrower, am going to become an author and publish a book.” Five seconds later, I looked at my journal and realized how stupid and crazy that idea was. I can’t be a writer. I can’t even read and spell. I did horrible in school and I’m not smart, I’m stupid.
Now that stupid and crazy idea of mine that came to me nine years ago has given me more hope and purpose in life, more than I ever could have imagined. Now Peter A Harrower is an author. I faced my biggest fear of opening up about my faults, my weaknesses, and struggles and have now shared it with the world. I made a promise to myself that I would publish a book. It wasn’t easy, it took four years, but I didn’t quit.
Writing saved me and brought me purpose and passion and gave me a second chance. Writing helped me escape those hard days when I was younger and searching for meaning in life. Now, I find purpose in life and I feel more alive than ever before. Now, I want to share that with you.
Peter A. Harrower is the author of The World Through My Dyslexic Eyes, Battling Learning Disabilities Depression and Finding Purpose. You can read more about Peter and his journey at PeterHarrower.com.