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?
Sometimes, with each day presenting new autistic challenges, I find it useful to pause and consider my life in three phases: 1) Prediagnosis, 2) During and immediately after diagnosis, and 3) Present day. The growth and development in my self understanding that I recognize from this reflection encourages me to move forward.
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.
This may sound odd, but do you, fellow aspergirl, ever feel like you’re “not autistic enough”? Sometimes, especially as I grow older and learn more coping skills, I get this strange fear that I’m not really autistic, because I can’t be autistic and working and socializing and XYZ thing that makes everyone day, “Wow! I […]
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 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!