WHAT I TAUGHT MYSELF HOW TO DO

“Sometimes questions are complicated and the answers are simple”. –Dr. Seuss.

I taught myself how to think outside the box. In other words, ask unorthodox questions in classes. This actually earned me an award (named the WHALEN AWARD after me) in History class in High School. My questions had to do with the “What” “When” and “What If” aspects of the lessons.

Even to this day, I tend to ask abnormal questions when answers may seem simple. As an individual on the Autism Spectrum, I feel my brain is wired to do that. I am always thinking about the sides of stories that nobody else seems to think about or want to ask. It is both a blessing and a curse. I have been ridiculed for asking what some people may see as “Well duh…” questions. I ask them for my own clarity of mind. Maybe others are thinking what I am asking, but were too nervous to ask.

I was frequently told “The only dumb question is an unasked one”. I ask obvious questions sometimes. I think the Dr. Seuss quote I used above is pertinent to me. Sometimes questions are complicated and answers really are that simple.

Unfortunately, I have been asked complicated questions about my Autism and developmental disabilities that I have a simple answer to: I DON’T KNOW. Simple as that. I don’t know why I act the way I do sometimes. I don’t know I think differently. And I sure as Hell don’t know how Autism will impact future generations. And yes, this is a question I get asked when people find out I am on the Autism Spectrum. “Why does my kid on the Spectrum act like this?” Again…complicated questions; simple answer. I don’t know.

“Sometimes questions are complicated and the answers are simple”. Dr. Seuss really hit the nail on the head with this quote. I think this quote is absolutely true. I have so many unanswered questions, but the answers may be simple. Sure, people may look at me like I am a moron or an idiot, but see what I care. I am unorthodox; I think outside the box, but it makes me…me. And I wouldn’t change myself for anything.

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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