Is Autism Taboo?
Lately I’ve been feeling down. And it’s difficult to be completely open in my blog when everyone and their grandma can read what I write. Actually, I wish I had a DeLorean to travel back in time in to change a few things. If I could start my blogging journey all over again, I’d probably do it without associating my name to it. You’d find the same great articles and confessions without the weight of a public identity.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because the more I share and write about autism, the more awkward people act around me. Is autism taboo?
I’ve been thinking recently about all the relationships I’ve had that have faded out or in some way ended over the years. Some due to my mistakes and social faux-pas, some because life happens, and many because of autism… So since spring is here, I want to share spring cleaning tips with my readers. I’ve tried all of these steps and it worked wonderfully for me, so let me share my secrets with you 😉
How to lose friends in 5 easy steps:
Move across the world. Instead of facing your problems and fixing your relationships. Just hop on a plane, move to a different country, and pray that time will fix things for you. I did that alright. From France to Texas. Most people don’t have the ability to stay in touch while living across the planet from each other.
Meet a guy. Most of you have probably tried this already. Meet a guy who you really like and make sure to spend more time with him than with your friends. After a while, they’ll become jealous or the relationships will just fade, fade away. Bonus point if you have friends of the opposite sex. They’ll stop talking to you once they realize that your new relationship is serious. You may find out that unbeknownst to you, some of them consider themselves friendzoned.
Push it even farther and become a parent. Have a baby! They’ll get the message! Then, when the baby is born and your friends ask you to go out to drink beer or play you tell them you can’t because you have to stay with your baby. After a couple of months they’ll stop inviting you. Easy!
Get your child diagnosed with autism. Uh oh. Now it’s becoming awkward. Not only are you a mom but your child’s been diagnosed with the big A. He can’t even talk and you dedicate all your time and energy to your mini-you who acts nothing like the other kids his age. At this point, your friends are probably feeling awkward enough; they’ll most likely just stop contacting you. Phew! Good job, you almost did it. If this still wasn’t enough to shorten your friend list, try the ultimate step.
Get diagnosed with autism yourself. At this point people will be so confused that they’ll just stop talking to you completely. Because how did they not notice you had autism and how can you and your child both have autism when your child is non-verbal and you’ve always been the one talking people’s ears off? And what the fuck is wrong with American people being diagnosed with autism three times as much as French people? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Why am I so sarcastic?
Since I came out as autistic, most people have changed around me. If I didn’t approach the situation with sarcasm, it would be painful. People are acting like I was just diagnosed with some kind of deadly, contagious illness. Stop making autism so awkward for f***’s sake. It’s 20 – 17. I’m still the same person I’ve always been.
I’m starting to hate that I was diagnosed with autism. I don’t fit in anywhere.
I’m too autistic for most neurotypical peeps and not angry enough at neurotypical peeps to fit in with autistics.
So yeah, sometimes I wish I could go back in time. But I’m no Marty McFly. I’m stuck in the present with my hurt feelings and confusion. If you’re reading this and you know me then you probably care enough about me to be here. Feel free to reach out to me. Autism doesn’t have to be awkward. How people react to it is what gets awkward.