I am SO excited to have found Jennifer O’Toole on the Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website. I spent an hour relaxing in the dub reading her work earlier this week and it was amazing! Jennifer is both an Aspie and parent to 3 Asperkids. I look forward to following her but wanted to share something that felt almost like a wish coming from my own heart.
A wish that Aspies don’t grow up isolated and confused about why they can’t seem to fit into normal society without giving up everything that makes them unique and special. I am glitter, rainbows and light, but I am also science and logic. I am strange and finally know, and embrace, the why – finally after years and confusion and suffering.
Please remember that I cannot take any credit for the following. Please check out the original artist’s full post here.
In 2015, for the first time ever, “neurodiversity” was added to the dictionary. And that’s a big, big deal. Being “on the autism spectrum” is just another a variation on the theme of being human. It’s not a marker of inferiority. Not an illness. Not abnormal. Just less typical. And when you understand that….a super-big shift begins to take place.
I know. After a lifetime of “perfect on the outside” but totally a mess on the inside…I wasfinally identified as having Asperger’s (on the autism spectrum) really recently…at age thirty-five. I’m unbelievably glad to have that “key to me.” Only…thirty-five years — when lived twenty-four-hours a day, three-hundred-and- sixty-five days a year — is a long time. I made it, not without scratches or bruises. But still, I made it. Some of us simply can’t hold out that long. Nor should we have to.