Tuesday, 23 April 2013
People Will Appreciate You
Sometimes, being autistic is like being any "normal" person. But sometimes, being autistic makes you stick out "like a sore thumb." I'm one of those Autistics who can "blend" rather well for short periods of time and in a familiar environment, such that I don't really have to talk to people or do anything new or uncomfortable. A lot of people see me as eccentric, but most people don't assume I'm Autistic just from getting to know me a little bit.
A long time ago, I embraced my autism. I learned to appreciate myself as a strong and confident Autistic with tons to offer the world. But still, it took a long time for me to acknowledge that other people would see my autism as an asset.
Maybe I'm the only one who's ever thought this. But if I'm not, I just wanted to put it out into the world for all other people to know: you will be valued by other people. There are people who love your autism, and these people will see your autism as something that makes you more you.
I had a good day today and it felt important to share this message. I don't have a big social circle, but I believe that the people who surround me love me regardless of my quirks. In fact, I think they love me because of my quirks. And that makes me feel really good.