Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Autism - a perspective

Someone on Twitter asked for a perspective on bringing up a child with autism. This was my reply:-

"Nothing is set in stone, which is probably just as well much of the time. It's like riding a rollercoaster. With fireworks. In the dark. But the fireworks are amazing and the troughs are never permanent :) xx" 

If someone had told me 14 years ago, when things were at their most bleak, that the journey I was on would change me forever in an amazing, profound and utterly fundamental way;

that it would take me places I never knew existed, never wanted to visit, but absolutely needed to go...

that I would still be fighting, living and breathing the battle begun so many years ago;

that I could never be more proud, despairing, distressed, elated and all-consumed over another's path, fiercely determined and completely terrified for their future,

then I would have been less afraid.

And most important of all that I would find a kindred spirit on this journey, that I would see myself looking back in the mirror and complete a lifetime's journey towards self recognition.

That would have been some perspective. I'm glad I have it now.

Autism is an alternative operating system. A different way forwards - not a dead end. The possibilities are endless.

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