Hello, I am Mark* It is nice to meet you.
There is something you would like to get to know about me. I am a man with autism. I was diagnosed with the condition when I was very young but I do not consider it a hindrance to my personal development. Rather, I look at it more as an opportunity to get better everyday whatever career I should pursue. To be frank, I do not have one yet but I am still striving for it.
I live by the quote, "Don't judge me until you know me. Don't underestimate me until you challenge me. And don't talk about me until you've talked to me."
It means you have to step back as you look into my sincere and honest words I am putting into before making judgment. I do not care if anyone hates me for whatever I do. I do not expect everyone to understand my journey, I am just saying how I feel.
Being happy is a part of my personality and is associated with instilling and exuding confidence in yourself and others.
I will end this composition by sharing a poem on autism and two Namaste quotes. I hope your analytic and critical thinking skills will help you digest and understand behind its meaning. I have a poem to share with you. I hope you like it.
Painful Autism by Katie Kagan
This is our life, not yours
If you care, Please do not stare
When you laugh, we break in half,
We are real, we can feel,
We understand that,
We were not planned,
We are human, My mind spins,
Like pins, Because we don't speak well... We are seen as shy
I cry for my girlfriend and I,
We try so hard,
To deal with our God-given card, I want you to understand...
Our autism was not planned,
We have autism from but, We have worth.
Now I present you two Namaste quotes.
"On the mountains of truth, you can never climb in vain; either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow."
- Frederick Nietzsche -
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."
- Swami Vivekananda -
This concludes my composition.
*name has been changed for privacy.
Next time you meet a person with Autism, look beyond their condition and see the challenges they have overcome, the strength they bear and the person that they are. Pass this beautiful message on.