OK boys and girls! The time of year has come where we slaughter thousands of turkeys, if not more, and say how grateful we are for everything. I feel sorry for the turkeys, but that’s beside the point. I have to ask myself, “What am I thankful for?” Here goes: First and foremost, I am thankful for my life. I have some issues, obviously, but I have pulled through. I am grateful for family. My family is great, regardless of how much they can drive me insane! (What else are families for?) I am thankful for Allie, the love of my life. I love Allie more than anything else in this world. I am thankful to have Allie as my best friend, let alone my girlfriend. I am SO grateful to have found my life’s calling through public advocacy and through Pathfinders for Autism. I am thankful for my Hussman cleaning job. Cleaning may not be my forte and might not be the most glamorous job in the world but having a job is something to be proud of and thankful for nonetheless.
Piggybacking on my Pathfinders job, I am extremely grateful for my Autism and the amazing places it has taken me…all here in Maryland but I have had some incredible opportunities. Actually, I have had 2 opportunities out of state in Washington, DC due to my “status” in the Autism community here in Baltimore. I had dinner with people from all across the East Coast in DC last year and the opportunity to attend the unveiling of Julia, the Autistic Muppet on Sesame Street at the Capitol Building. I am amazed, flattered, and eternally grateful that people see me as someone to look up to and maybe even idolize in the Autism community here in Baltimore.
I am thankful for my agency, Itineris. Without them, especially Ami Taubenfeld and Carrie Hubbard, I never would have found my way in public speaking. Thank you for everything you have done for me and my fellow Autistics and everything you will continue to do for me and them!
I want to thank all my followers and supporters in the Autism community. This includes my bosses at Pathfinders, Hussman, and Itineris. I also want to recognize Dr. Rebecca Landa, a speech and language pathologist at Kennedy Krieger, for believing in me and allowing me to present for her on two separate occasions. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years!
Lastly, I am thankful for the fact that I live where I live. I am thankful to have been raised in what I consider to be the best city in America, Baltimore. I know some family members disagree with me on that, but I was born in Baltimore and have no intention on leaving it. So that’s it from me. I want to hear from you guys. I wanna know what you are thankful for. Thanks for reading and I will catch ya later!