When I tell people for the first time that I am on the Autism Spectrum, I find that I get a wide variety of responses. However, I find that very rarely is the response filled with positivity and excitement. I'm not saying that having Autism is the most exciting thing in the world but, I decided recently to think about what DOES make Autism exciting. Instead of talking about my struggles with my "disability", I want to shed some light on all the things I love about being "different".
1. People with Autism are brutally honest
Honesty is something that everyone and anyone can value but few can say they have never told a little white lie before. Those on the spectrum are the few and far in between. I have found that it is almost impossible to tell even the smallest white lie. When we give you our word, we mean it!
2. Individuals with disabilities get to participate in Special Olympics
This is one of my FAVORITE things about having a disability. Special Olympics has allowed me to make the greatest friends, gain a large amount of confidence and to feel incredibly special.
3. People with Autism are empathetic and passionate
Of course, people without Autism can be very empathetic and passionate as well. However, I have found that living on the spectrum, you have more empathy for others who are different. I also find that people with Autism are passionate about everything they do and love with everything they have. Pretty cool, huh?
4. Autistic people have incredible memories
When I was in high school, I had a friend of mine (on the spectrum) that could, on command, tell you every state with their capitol and at least one fun fact about it. Our memories are something that really sets us apart. My family sometimes laughs at how well I can remember every detail about an event (usually one they hoped I had forgotten). Even the highest dosage of fish oil won't get you this memory!
5. Having mild Autism allows me to advocate
There are a wide variety of forms and variations of Autism. A lot of people diagnosed are even non-verbal. Having a mild case and being gifted with a voice allows me the opportunity to advocate and share my story with hopes of spreading awareness and respect for everyone on the spectrum.
6. People with Autism are non-judgemental
High school can be a living hell for a lot of people, especially girls. Everyone is always judging each other on their outfit choice or who they are friends with. One thing about living with Autism is that we don't judge people. I don't care what you're wearing to school, what brand of backpack you have draped over your shoulder or what clique you hangout with. If you're nice to me, I'm cool with you! "Did we just become best friends?"
7. Autism keeps you young at heart
This one is for all the parents out there who need a little Autism pick me up. My mom has told me countless of times how thankful she is for my innocence and how I will always be a child at heart. Rarely do you have to worry about us at some sketchy rave. Instead, you can find me curled up with a teddy bear watching some Disney Channel Original.
8. Those with Autism are persistent
Because of our impeccable memories, we are able to stay persistent because we do not forget. If I have a goal in mind, I won't be able to stop until I have reached that goal. Giving up, or forgetting about it, just isn't an option.
9. Autistic people have a superb work ethic
Because we can't lie and because of our persistence, we make great employees. We are driven and dedicated, loyal and detail oriented. If you ask us to perform a task or do a job, I can promise you that job will be done to perfection (it just might take a little time).
10. People with Autism are intelligent and gifted
I am sure you have heard stories before about the unbelievable minds of people with Autism. Each of us is gifted in a different way, with different talents. However, one thing is said to be true for all of those on the spectrum, we are beyond smart. It is even said that Albert Einstein and Mozart would be diagnosed with Autism in the present day.
Although this list stops at 10, the reasons why I love having Autism could go on forever. Yes, I have days where I really wish I could change things about my disability. However, I know that the only thing and the best thing to do is focus on what makes my life so great. So whether you are on the spectrum or not, here is a friendly reminder to think about all the things that make your life the BEST!
Until next time,