This Is Autism

I live in the moment.
The immediate.
I stop to smell the roses.
I also smell burning way before anyone else (other than another autistic person, perhaps).
My husband affectionately called me a bloodhound.
I see order in chaos.
My filing system is chaotic.
I cannot work with it in any other way.
I systemise everything in my life.
People talk to me about their problems because I see solutions others often don’t see.
I think outside the box.
I am outside the box.
I form deep connections with people.
My conversation is not frivolous.
I get to the point.
I accept and respect without judgement.
I don’t conform.
I’m a vegetarian who eats fish, and chicken.
Oh and occasionally sweet and sour spare ribs, but only if they haven’t come from gerbils.
I believe everything I’m told.
I’m innocent, despite my experience.
I’m loyal.
I’m focused.
I have high expectations and hold myself to them.
I’m married to an autistic man.
We have an autistic daughter and (we suspect) a neurotypical son.
I love and protect my family with fierce, uncompromising devotion.
If it’s not logical, it doesn’t exist in my world.
Harmony calms me.
The sound of a hoover makes me want to scream.
23 degrees Celsius. No exceptions.
I am autistic.
This is autism.
Autism is me.
I’m not broken.
I don’t want to be fixed.
I’m blessed.

Written as my contribution to This Is Autism flashblog day 18th Nov 2013

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10 Comments

Filed under Aspergers Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, High Functioning Autism

10 responses to “This Is Autism

  1. Mark kent

    hello,i get your blog.i have aspergers.married 13 years we have 2,boys and 1,girl. i take part in a lot lot research from universities,if you would like to e.mail me please do

    e.mail mkentdad12@outlook.com

                mark________________________________ > Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:03:51 +0000 > To: mkentdad12@outlook.com >

  2. I’m not autistic, I have something else although this sounds a lot like me. Beautiful, thank you.

  3. I love this. I am pretty neurotypical although with a very slight tendency towards the autistic spectrum, as does my brother. His son, my nephew, has Sensory Processing Disorder, which has some crossover with autistic behaviour. He is perfect just as he is, as are you. Thank you so much for sharing your world and for loving who you are. You’re leading the way in respect, appreciation and non-judgment of difference. x

  4. You are beautiful! God doesn’t make mistakes…only wonderful creations. My son is an Aspie and I look forward to him marrying and having a family like you. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Awesome piece, thank you for sharing.
    Gotta say, I was late forties when diagnosed a couple of years ago… its like suddenly things make so much more sense. 🙂 and Im definitely not broken.

    Bo

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