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Positive Exception To the Rule

“A ruler is nothing more than a way to give you space, but Space can’t be measured” ~ Chato Stewart

There are many positive exceptions to the rule.

I’ll give you one off the top of my head.  When I was in the 7th grade…(Due to my learning challenges (dyslexia), I was placed in special classes in the public school system.)  The special classes or remedial classes were for students with learning and/or behavioral issues.  Back then, I think, these issues were considered to be one in the same/similar…lumping/labeling us kids with “issues” in the same space; classroom.

Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart


Positive Exception To the Rule

I started the extra help in the first grade and by third grade, I was in a classroom most of the school day.  By seventh grade, I was sick of the “See John Run”, and “See Jane Fall” booklets.  I wanted out of the special room!  My reading level was years behind, I was not prepared for any other grade level subjects.

The teacher told me if I leave the class, I would be left behind (being in the class got you pushed up to the next grade)…basically telling me, I can’t succeed without the extra help.

It is true people with learning issues do need extra help and will improve with extra help. How can you improve if you’re being taught the same thing over and over, year after year?  I was still getting booklets like “See John Run” in the Seventh Grade class, along with work that a 3rd grader would do.  It was below remedial.  I wanted out.  I knew I would have to work hard to make up the years I was behind …and on top of that, dealing with/figuring out my learning issues all on my own. I was ready! I would be the exception to the rule, that someone with a learning disability and years behind could make it without the so-called extra “help” (methods that were not working).

Learning Disabilities Association of America (Dig Deeper Link) has great resources and information on specific learning disabilities.  I edited the paragraph on Dyslexia to show how I experienced Dyslexia as a child.

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that is associated mostly with reading and related language-based processing skills. Severity different for everyone affected by this neurological-based problem. Here’s how it affect me, slow reading fluency, decoding (skipping or adding or seeing word/endings that are not printed), reading comprehension (having to read and reread), recall, writing, spelling, and speech had a lisp and issue with “th” and “s” for years and can exist along with other related disorders.

Dig Deeper See:

Types of Learning Disabilities

I was out of the remedial classes and on my way to flying high, to reach for the sky… to be the exception to the rule… turned out I was closer to the rule! I failed everything except math that school year and repeated 7th grade.  However, my second year in 7th grade, I was the exception to the rule, cause I got passing grades all on my own! Ya, they were C’s and D’s but they were passing.

Are You The Exception To The Rule?

For me to be a positive exception to the rule–is to go beyond–what YOU expect or believe YOU can or should do.  What others think (about your so-called abilities) should not hold you back, leave any naysayer in the dusk as you rise up for your goal and beyond.

Peers are all exceptional people, you are always the positive exception to the rule every day!  You earned it, you desired it, so own it, and wear it with pride.

Share with us how you are the exception to the rule.


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Some Exceptional Additional reading:

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“new book, Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome, psychologist Ty Tashiro addresses not the occasional faux pas, but the life lived awkwardly, “to explain why some people experience awkward moments not as an exception to the rule, but as a way of life.””


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Positive Exception To the Rule

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2017). Positive Exception To the Rule. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2018, from


Last updated: 24 Dec 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Dec 2017
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