Hope you are having a good weekend (hopefully none of you are still working into the evening!)
Just thought I’d blog again, this time about both what is great and what is hard about being on the autism spectrum.
I’ll start with the negative and then finish with the positive!
The worst thing about being autistic is the isolation. The fact that I was born with a neurodiverse brain means that I pretty much do not fit in to the rest of the human race – it is almost like I’m from a different planet! (I’m getting flashbacks here to be asked when I was growing up “Sam, what planet are you on?” Of course, if I were Doctor Who and could go back in my Tardis, I’d probably answer “Planet Autism!”)
A different brain leads to different behaviour, which means that other people can see me as “weird”, which can then lead to social exclusion and difficulties in relationships (for the first 30 years of my life, prior to my ASD diagnosis, I was struggling in all my relationships without really knowing why, and now I know that autism was a key reason why).
The flip side is that sometimes, I actively choose to be alone (and I don’t feel lonely at all!) – this is mainly due to sensory overload – when all the sights, colours, sounds, smells, tastes, physical sensations, emotions, people and change get too much!
Being autistic is awesome. I get to see the world in a way that no-one else does (with the exception of God obviously, on account of His being omniscient!)
It means I spot things that other people miss – which is a great asset when I am working in audit.
I’m also very organised and hard-working and am tenacious to the point of pretty much never giving up; for example, when I finally passed all of my chartered accountancy exams in summer 2018 having started in late 2014 (8 first-time passes, 7 fails and 7 second-time passes – 22 exams in under 4 years was pretty intense!)
But, it’s not all about me.
I also want to help other autistic people achieve their potential.
Autism means that the brain is different from 99% of the human race, but autistic people can do things that the 99% can’t – so let’s find their strengths and help autistic people thrive!
Just now I was reading in 1 Corinthians 12 (in the Bible, duh!) about how the Church is one body, but many parts.
What a great opportunity the Church has to show its unity and diversity no matter who we are as individuals.
Yours in Christ,