Saturday, May 16, 2015

Autism Positivity: Acceptance, Love, and Self-care

I'm a day late.  I guess that's the point though, of self care.  I'm learning to not live my life according to other people's standards.  Thankfully, the Autistic community, my community, accepts that, celebrates it even, so it's ok to be a day late, and won't be met with exasperation.  To me, acceptance is about doing things on my timeline, (which is generally slower than the norm).  It's about doing things in my way.  Love.  Loving my unique perspective.  I often find my perspective varies from the crowd, is considered radical, and I'm getting better at expressing that varied opinion.  I'm recognizing that I'm not wrong just because my opinion is the minority.  I know she didn't write the quote, by I first read this quote on Neurodivergent K's blog, and I fell in love with it:

When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world

"No, you move."

So I'm learning to be more outspoken.  Self care.  Learning to take care of myself, my needs, my convictions.  That's my autism positivity.  The gift the Autistic community has given me of recognizing and standing by your convictions regardless of the opinions of the majority, because the majority is often wrong.

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