Moment of Truth Celebrates 1000 Ausome Things #AutismPositivity2013

This post was originally published by ratherunique, on the blog Moment of Truth at It is reprinted here with permission from the author.


  Which characteristic of autism is my favorite?  I don’t know.  Just being myself is ausome.  Its not possible for me to identify which trait of autism is my favorite.  Six months ago I did not identify as autistic.  I could not define the terms “stim” or “echolalia”, “perseverate” or “executive function”.

I knew that I like to rock, flap, skip and shake my head a lot in private.  I know to do it in private because it got me bullied in school.  I used to see this as a waste of time and I was ashamed of my need to do this.

I knew I talk to myself a lot and repeat the same thing over and over.  Again, I make sure to stop if I notice anyone nearby.  I knew I like to go outside with headphones on.  It keeps the annoying noise away and camouflages my repetitive speech as singing.

I knew I am socially awkward, and struggle in conversations.  I knew I pre script most small talk.  I knew I struggle with eye contact.  I knew I don’t really want to talk unless it is something I am interested in.  I thought it was a self-esteem problem.  Something for me to fix about myself.

I knew I have a hard time setting a plan into motion, especially a plan that takes me out of my routine.  I often forget what I was planning until it is too late.  I often request help from others in carrying out a plan.  I thought it was because I was lazy and unmotivated.

What I didn’t know was that there was nothing wrong with me. This is just me being myself, not a group of personal weaknesses standing between myself and happiness.  This is the way I work, the way I live, the way I function.  I don’t need to be fixed.  Cure not necessary.

The same characteristics that once brought me shame and embarassment now bring me comfort and joy.  I am what I am.

What’s ausome about autism?  Acceptance

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