Saturday, March 10, 2012
Difficulties in life can by trying for anyone, but for an individual on the spectrum, they can sometimes become incapacitating. At times, sometimes the knowledge that I had autism clouded my decision making process more than the actual impact of my autism characteristics. For the longest time, I didn't know what it meant to have autism. In one instance, I went as far as to say to a friend that those on the spectrum did not have feelings, which cannot be farther from the truth. It is good for me that the friend in question refused to believe that statement. Stress is hard for anyone, but I found myself blaming my autism at times, to take some accountability off of my own actions, even when justifying behaviors and choices to others. Through that, I believe that individuals on the high functioning end of the spectrum should take responsibility for their own actions, and when autism impacts lives in adverse way, try to determine why that is the case. Try to understand that stress is not easy for anyone, and autism does not exclude someone from the difficulties that those living off the spectrum experience as well. This message is intended for high functioning adults on the spectrum. Those like me.