This is so sweet and real!
Caitlyn Jenner was nervous before her ESPYS speech last week for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest fears she had walking on the stage wasn’t how she looked, or how she’d be received — it was whether or not she could even read the speech!
Jenner opened up about it in her ongoing The Real Me series, discussing her childhood dealing with dyslexia and how difficult it was for her to read and speak publicly when so many other people take those skills for granted.
In the post, Jenner wrote:
“As a dyslexic kid, my biggest fear in life was to go in front of the class and read because I just wasn’t very good at it ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and that stays with you through your whole life. I practiced, and practiced, and practiced, and practiced to make sure I’d nail it.”
Caitlyn, you did nail it — the practice paid off!
Jenner is a role model in so many ways, notably for LGBT and transgender people, but it’s so sweet to know she can be of service to those struggling with dyslexia, social anxiety, and public speaking fears, too!
Jenner — always with an Olympic background and an athlete’s mindset — shared an inspirational moment, too:
“There’s a great line that I heard a long time ago: ‘Success is not measured by heights attained but by obstacles overcome.’ For me to go out in front of a group like that and to do the whole thing off of the teleprompter was huge.”
Caitlyn Jenner is conquering pretty much everything nowadays — what’s next for the role model?!
[Image via Alberto Reyes/WENN.]