I feel like a domino, often toppled by other people’s actions.
I feel like friends are like catching a leaf in the wind, just as I think I have one they are gone.
I feel unheard, like I have no right to express opinions of my own.
I feel confused, I’m always honest and open but often misunderstood.
I feel invisible yet it doesn’t feel safe not to hide.
I have a life, yet I feel like an outsider in my own story.
I have an understanding of a great deal of things, yet I’m often made to feel stupid.
I am part of a population of billions of people... yet most of the time I feel alone.
This world wasn’t designed for autistic people, it takes adjustments, understanding, compassion and respect. There will always be tough days, my mind never stops processing so there will always be another thought like those above.
Another stressful day, another meltdown, another reason to feel out of place in this world. To family members and caregivers, I know it’s tough being in your position, like really tough but that’s just some of my thoughts in one day, imagine what a lifetime of them is like.
Understand autism but most importantly support and understand the person. I wouldn’t say all non-autistic people are all liars, or they all misunderstand autism... yet we generalise autistic people all the time.
Understanding and accepting autism is really important.
Accepting the autistic person, trust me that is absolutely priceless.
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Words – Ross A Fraser
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