Yes, I'm Autistic. My most recent partner let me know that their therapist was always super surprised to hear that I am on the autism spectrum, because I have a decent number of friends and try to do so many different things? I have to laugh when I hear implicit assumptions like that. I live life my own way. I've always been an idiosyncratic person, and probably a large part of that is being Autistic. But I also don't like to let other people define me. Maybe that is part of having to fight for so many years to understand social norms and how to interact with people, but I think it's also because my experience not having a more instinctive intuition for how society operates has made me question assiduously how society operates and how people treat each other. I have my own rhythms, my own sense of humor, my own way of communicating, and my own way of thinking about the world. I don't know what it would be like to be any other person besides myself - I will never have that experience. But I would not trade the experiences I have had for anything, even with the challenges I have faced, which perhaps an outside observer would shrug off given that I am able to live on my own and seemed to succeed academically. But I'm no less Autistic because I've fought to be part of neurotypical society. It's a complicated relationship, to be honest, but I have fought to live my life as I see fit...and I'll keep doing that. Screw what other people think.
The most joyful and exciting parts of being Autistic?
The most difficult thing about being Autistic?
How has Autism Acceptance Day/Month affected me personally?
What does "moving beyond awareness" mean to me?
What is one thing about acceptance that would make a difference in the world?