This post was originally published on Extemporarysanity at http://extemporarysanity.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/extemporarysanity-celebrates-1000-ausome-things-autismpositivity-2013/, and is reprinted here with permission from the author.
You know what’s really cool? When I’m in motion I can imagine all kinds of amazing things! When I’m pacing or riding on a swing I can create worlds, stories, characters, dialogue. It all becomes so vivid that I literally stop seeing the blurring images in front me and see into my mind. When I was really little I thought everyone could do that. And then for a long time I thought that nobody but me could– and that made “weird” and bad. But now I know, some people can, people like me who are lucky enough to have brains something like mine. The fact that having this kind of brain is considered a “disorder” does not deter me. I like my brain.
Are there things I would change? I won’t lie; there are some. But there are plenty that I wouldn’t change for anything. Do you know what else I can do? When I am very interested in something, I can teach myself about it so well that others mistakenly believe that I have studied it formally. When I say “others” I’m including some others who really have studied it formally. Isn’t that cool? But yet, some would call that “obsessive.” Oh well, they can call it that if they like, but I call it a gift.
The thing that I can do well that I like best, is to help others to be more positive. I try to do that as much as possible. I tell younger Autistic people that they are not broken and that many things get easier with time. I tell their parents the same thing. You see, even though my life has been very difficult at times, it’s also been pretty wonderful, especially lately.
Rock on fellow Autists!