I was searching the web for something, which led to something else, then on to another topic, and then … there is was. Reading through this thread has totally changed the way I feel about myself, and explains a lot.
Many people believe they have a poor sense of direction. Mine is, and has always been, nonexistent. It is a disability. I am often embarrassed by my lack of navigational skills. Friends and family sometimes become impatient with me, perceiving me as timid or inattentive. I am really neither, and my life has been full of adventures. A fear of becoming lost, though, has often resulted in anxiety and has limited some of the choices I have made.
I cannot visualize the next steps of any route. I routinely turn the wrong way when I come out of a store. I often get lost coming back from the bathroom in a restaurant - or someone's house. Driving unfamiliar routes (going anywhere I haven't been numerous times already) causes me to be anxious.
After reading the information linked above, I now know about numerous other people whose lives are similarly challenged. It is reassuring to find out that, as I have always suspected, this is not my fault, a sign of a lack of intelligence or even something I have just failed to learn!
Geographical or directional dyslexia. Now I can give it a name. Sometimes a diagnosis can be comforting. Maybe we can start an on-line support group! At least we won't get lost trying to find it!
Click on the link above, take a minute to read it, then let me know what you think!