I looked all over the word search for the words listed. They were all sports words, and most ended with “ball.” It should have been easy to spot them.
Granted, I was trying to make phone calls simultaneously, but, still – I’m almost 19. I should be able to handle a sports words search. It wasn’t even that big. The letters were all in English, my first and best language, the one that I know and love.
Turns out, not all the words are written left to right. Sometimes, you have to learn to read backwards in order to solve the puzzle.
Backwards reading isn’t a common skill for people to develop. They don’t teach that in elementary. It isn’t a perspective that is typical (unless you read in Hebrew, in which case backwards reading is totally normal. Keep on doing that.) or really even accepted. If you went around speaking backwards or reading signs and books backwards, you would have a path of life that was radically different than other people’s.
But regardless of whether you learned how to or not, sometimes you have to read backwards. Sometimes you have to flip your brain around and think differently.
That is, if you want to find all the words in your word search.