Sorry it’s been a while since my last post, I’ve been knee deep in exams and papers.
I thought that I would include three topics in this post. First, how crucial it is for those who fall on the Autism spectrum to have continual faith in ourselves. Second, how we must have hope for our future and the future of Autism awareness. Finally, I’m going to talk about how important it is to show love to those that fall on the spectrum.
I know it can be hard, as someone who falls on the Autism spectrum, to have faith in yourself and believe that you can do amazing things. I’ve struggled immensely with that. There are times where I’ve let myself believe that because of my disability I cannot accomplish what I want in life. I hope to be a scientist one day and I’ve encountered people that have told me to give up on that dream because of my AS, but I refuse to do that. The only way you can make it through life’s challenges if you fall on the spectrum is by having faith in yourself. You are special. You can do whatever you set your mind to. Don’t let someone else tell you that you can’t make your dream come true because you fall on the spectrum. It may take a lot more work to achieve (I’ve definitely found this out), but I promise that you can do it if you believe in yourself.
Hope is another important thing. We need to have hope for the future, hope that one day people will truly understand what living on the spectrum is like. I know how discouraging it is that the world hasn’t quite accepted us and how we are, but eventually they will get there. There is a huge emphasis put on awareness for several disabilities, autism being one of the largest, nowadays but that doesn’t mean that everyone understands it. I’ve met several people who don’t understand how varied the spectrum is and expect me to be the same as someone who falls on the other end of the spectrum. We all share a common heart, but our sensitivities and dreams and routines are all unique. I did see an encouraging video the other day. It was at a celebrity event for autism awareness, and an 11-year-old girl got to do a duet with her idol, Katy Perry. It was an incredibly moving video, and shows that some people are beginning to see the magic that is inside of us. If you would like to see that video, you can find it at:
Finally, I just want to emphasize how important it is to show love to those of us who fall on the spectrum. We deserve to be cared about just as much as anyone else. Unfortunately we are often snubbed or treated like we are aliens on this planet. If you could see just how big our hearts are, you would think differently of us. Please, if you know anyone who falls on the spectrum, tell them how much they mean to you and how much you care. It will make a world of a difference, believe me.