This is like the nineteen millionth blog I’ve attempted to start (some barely got beyond the ‘planning shit at 3am when I should be sleeping’ phase). I did try and start an autistic blog a couple of years ago, but I have learnt a lot since then, so I’m kind of glad I didn’t carry on with it. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I was still so new to knowing I’m autistic and I hadn’t really found out what it meant to me.
NOW I am in a better place. I am comfortable and confident and ready to share my squillions of thoughts. I have spoken to hundreds of autistic people who have been amazing, intelligent, thought-provoking, wonderful people and have given me new perspectives on things. Now I’m Autistic and Cheerful, which is something a lot of people don’t realise is even possible. Maybe having a happy life ‘despite’ being autistic is a revolutionary act. I dunno. I just like being autistic.
But I am still not quite ready to interact. So I’m going to turn off comments to begin with. I’m also going to try my hardest to avoid looking at stuff like clicks and likes, partly because that’s where my blogs fell down in the past. Any kind of pressure or deadlines or expectations leave me running to the hills. I need to do this for myself, not for other people. If it helps other autistic people then that’s brilliant. I don’t really consider myself an activist because I just haven’t got the spoons to spare, but I have A Lot of Opinions about Autistic rights.
Mostly I just want people to listen. Listen to Autistic people.