PERSONAL MANTRA

I think I may have come up with a quote that describes my life in a nutshell. The quote is, “One person’s Hell is another person’s Heaven”. Why do I like this so much? I think it pertains to my Autism. I am the one living with the diagnosis and I feel it is the best thing that ever happened to me, with the exception of Allie. HOWEVER I think people assume the worst when they or someone they know are give a diagnosis of Autism or any other disability. I’m going to use my mom as an example. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was scared, sure, but she held it together for her family and now is perfectly fine. “Assume the worst, hope for the best”. Like I think when someone’s kid or whatever is given a disability diagnosis, the family goes, “SHIT! What are we going to do now?!” It’s their idea of Hell. My experience is similar but with a good outcome. And it’s not just me. A lot of people with disabilities live very rich, satisfying and fulfilling lives. So long story short, don’t assume a disability as the worst thing in the world. It’s not. It may be difficult, but you make do…same with any other scenario. So my Heaven might be someone else’s worst nightmare. That’s kind of interesting to me. I want to hear from you. What do you think of this quote I am using to describe my Autism? Thanks for reading!

-Tom

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

One thought on “PERSONAL MANTRA”

  1. I think my Autism is my heaven since I enjoy being different. It’s my dad’s he’ll bec he has always been in denial of my diagnosis.

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