For me, running is meditation. It is quiet time when I don’t have to mask, don’t have to be coordinated, don’t have to do anything except put one foot in front of the other. When I run, I am 100% me, autism and all.
If you’re a part of the autism community in some way, you’ve probably heard of high-functioning autism, or what used to be known as Asperger’s. Well, that’s technically what I have.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, basically high-functioning autism means my “symptoms” don’t present as “severely,” meaning I can walk, talk, and do ok in the regular world. Or, at least, that’s how the regular world sees me…What high-functioning really means to me is higher stress.
As I was sitting at my kitchen table thinking about what to write, it occurred to me that not everyone really understands what autism is. I mean, to be totally honest, I didn’t, or at least not fully, until I heard some friends talking about it. So, I figured since you have somehow found your way to my blog and are reading this post, you might want to know too.
Knowing what I know now, it makes so much sense that I was so close to animals. Animals are real, honest, and don’t play games when it comes to how they communicate—basically, they wear their hearts on their sleeves, as the expression goes. People were hard for me to understand, with saying one thing and meaning another, so why not make my best friends animals?
There is a word that has come to be part of our everyday vocabulary: adulting. There are memes devoted to it, clothing that says it, and I’m pretty sure it’s been added to the dictionary by now, or will be soon. But, as someone with autism, me and adulting aren’t the best of friends.
Hi, my name is Steph and welcome to Full Spectrum View™! This has been a dream of mine for quite some time, so to finally see this post live on my site is very special to me. First things first, let’s get this out in the open: I have autism.