At an early stage of my schooling, I discovered that I was struggling with arithmetic. This limited my career options because most professions require a high level of competency with numbers. Science and physics were off my agenda as I focused on art,history,literature,music and consequently my career choices narrowed down to very few. To the despair of my mother who hoped I might study medicine, I plodded along, no, in fact I excelled at what is considered useless in the real world.
There is also a connection here with my utter dislike of sport because sport is all about numbers, statistics,breaking records,weights,measures,times,numbers,numbers,numbers....
Finally, an explanation to why I've always hated numbers.
One child in 20 is afflicted with dyscalculia, according to Brian Butterworth, of University College London, who is calling for the condition to be given an equivalent status to dyslexia.
"If you've always struggled at school with arithmetic and get a panicky feeling when you see or hear numbers, these are typical indicators," Professor Butterworth said.
Dyslexia is widely accepted as a condition that is unrelated to general intelligence, but those who struggled with numbers continue to be labeled as "bad at math", he said.