Being autistic means looking at life from a different angle. A view that includes possibilities, combined with a curious nature. A mind that collects information like trading cards.
I may be 45 in 3 months, but I remember looking up at Winnie the Pooh on my wall. Of exploring the Hundred Acre Woods with Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear. Of meeting Tigger and wanting one as a pet. I remember meeting Roger Rabbit and thinking he’s got a brain like mine. Erratic at times but strong values, coupled with a brilliant sense of humour. I still love these characters, because they brought me joy. When I look at a figure in my collection or rewatch a cherished movie or show, I can feel that joy again. It’s a positive echo from the past, one that brings a smile and a comforting memory.
I surround myself with Disney Stitch collectibles and characters from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. They become a time machine for my mind. Taking me back to a memory that remains because it once made me happy.
The best way to put it, is, I enjoy exploring the imagination of others. The characters that adorn my shelves are loved, because I can revisit the emotions of the original connection. Get to feel that wonder and pure happiness, just by looking at a figure, or creating an image that includes a favourite character. This ability to replay positive emotions helps me on the toughest days. They aren’t just characters, but they became companions in the journey of my life.
All our best and love
Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern
Words – Ross A Fraser
Graphic Design App – Canva
Image rights – Bugs Bunny - Warner Bros. Entertainment
Winnie the Pooh and Roger Rabbit - Disney