Just like sunflowers turn from shadow to face the sun, extricate yourself from relationships and friendships in which someone belittles your diagnosis. The path to self-love and self-acceptance is not walked alongside those who insist that you don’t actually seem autistic.
Did you know that many people find your autistic reservedness, awkwardness, and shyness endearing? Own it! Who do you know in your life that adores these qualities in you?
My future goals are the product of neurodiverse thinking, and that’s okay. The world’s outlook on what future success generally looks like mirrors a more neurotypical mindset. I can’t expect to share that same outlook!
Every day is a mixture of blue skies and rain clouds. Before I go to sleep, I remind myself of at least one good thing in my day and one good thing for tomorrow. It could be as simple as what I’m going to eat for breakfast! Still, I know my body and my mental […]
How can I blend in within a world full of people who effortlessly sway to the same wind? I remind myself that the first red leaf among green in autumn is embraced. A rainy day in summer is necessary. And a blue moon is celebrated. Difference and diversity is wonderful.
Do you recognize yourself in the mirror? I often find my own reflection puzzling. “Who is that? Oh, that’s me.” Some people say that not being able to recognize one’s self in the mirror is a sign of autism in toddlers. Have fun with it! I love stim dancing with that silly girl in the […]
Sometimes, when we are floundering, it can be hard to see our strengths that light us up. I find it helpful to remember that we, autistic people, have multiple strengths that we can utilize in many different ways in our lives.
I’ve noticed that whenever I’m stressed or overwhelmed, the first symptom of mine to increase is the inability to interpret language. People’s words, expressions, tone, and body language all misfire in my mind. My feelings become as mixed up as the multifacetedness of conversation politics. I basically have little to no idea what anyone is […]
I love how my autistic brain picks up all the small details and memorizes them. It’s almost like a photograph, and I can use this skill to memorize things like maps. This way, I can avoid getting lost, which is something that happens to autistic people often. Recognize your autistic superpower!
Does it ever feel like the door to opportunity is half open or half shut because of your diagnosis? I used to be petrified of social mistakes, and even the suspicion that I’d made one would make me want to run away from any opportunity. But identifying that as my problem helped me to seek […]