I Was Plagued By My Inability To Identify Specific Colors…

Story submitted by Tyson Pradia
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‘While in elementary, I prestiged to the 2nd grade to only be shadowed by something I had no control over. In my latter years, it’s reign of control in my life began to diminish.

Throughout my 2nd grade year, I had noticed that all the other kids around me were able to answer our teacher’s questions regarding color much more accurately than I ever could. Because of this, I mentally engulfed myself in a chamber of self doubt, and I was plagued by my inability to identify specific colors.

I ended up flunking 2nd grade, and was moved back to 1st grade. This was a detriment to my psyche as I lost a great deal of confidence in myself, even as a kid. I had not realized what was going on with me, but as time continued to take it’s toll, I soon discovered that I was colorblind.

As I matured through my years, I often got teased by my classmates for wearing pink socks with my outfits. I had no clue I had pink socks on until, of course, I was teased by others (a result from washing my white clothing with my red clothing and my failure to recognize that my white socks had actually turned pink).

This pattern of not being able to identify the difference in colors had to stop. So, I stuck with solid type colors at first. I progressively improved my color schemes, and as a result, my confidence began to creep back into my life; thus my fashionable style.'

Daily Fashion Illustration Tyson Pradia

'Once self-defeated and torn down from my colorblindness, now confident and masterful of my style of dress. People often ask how I’m able to match my outfits so well if I’m colorblind. I smile as I answer their inquiries, because I’m no longer reminded of my past when I was that kid who couldn’t answer my teacher’s questions.

It’s easy to say that fashion has given me my style, but I’d like to think the complete opposite. My colorblindness has given me my style, and my ability to use this handicap to my advantage has shaped my diversity in dress that is quite often regarded as elegant, yet simple.’