I learned I was autistic at the age of 35 (over 2 years ago now). At the time, the only thing I could really think about was how much easier my life would’ve been had I known that I was on the spectrum early on. I know it would’ve been life-changing to have support and to at least understand why I was so different from everyone around me, and why I struggled so much with certain things.
But after having some time to sit with my new reality, I realized that the thing I really wanted from the people in my life was to be accepted and loved exactly as I was.
Even as a kid with no diagnosis, I felt like I was a problem to be fixed. If you start your life feeling like that, how can you possibly reach your full potential? Instead of understanding and discovering myself and who I was meant to be, I spent the majority of my life trying to “fix” myself in order to fit in. It’s hard to think that all this time I believed I was broken, when in reality I was just different.
Today, I’m grateful that I get the chance to celebrate the things that make me who I am. I hope every single person reading this gets that chance too. 🌈
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