By : TOCK AC of When A ThinkBubble Bursts ™
Hi, everyone. Today, Sunday April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day, which kicks off Autism Awareness Month.
Autism Awareness Month is for children and their families who are dealing with autism. I’m such an advocate for Autism Awareness Month because I have autism just like some of you.
I would like to tell you all about how I overcame many of the challenges of autism, along with some of the things that make me happy and how you can overcome some of those challenges too, just like I did.
When I was younger, I was shocked when I found out that I had autism and it was something that I had to adjust to. It was hard for me at first, but then I had great support from my family and God to help me overcome this battle. The Bible along with two of my favorite books, by Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind and Beauty for Ashes has been my “saving grace.”
Others thought that I would never learn to drive, but I proved them wrong. I CAN DRIVE NOW and I can honestly say that it feels pretty good. I was also shy when I was little, but as I got older, I was finally able to conquer my shyness to people in the world and now I can talk to people without freezing up or holding my head down.
My mom taught me to read, Jeremiah 1:8 at a young age:
QUICK TIP :
Don’t be afraid of people in the public. Instead of being shy, try being confident. Be bold. Practice scenarios with your parents and you’re gonna be okay. I used to be hard on myself, but then I just learn to work on whatever it is that I would be dealing with at the time and then I got better and better, in the end, and you can too.
HOW I STAY HAPPY 🙂
Okay, now I’m going to tell you the things that make me happy in life. I love to dance. I dance to video games like Dance Central or Just Dance or sometimes I just dance with or without music. I like the fact that I can make up my own dance moves and mix it with other dance moves that I like.
I love listening to music from Ariana Grande (she’s my fave) as well as Alicia Keys, Jordan Dollar, and Jonathan Phillips. My family makes me feel happy. My family and my siblings make me feel happy because every time that I share a laugh with them or every time that I think about them, all I can do is smile and remember our love for each other. There are a lot of things that make me happy. But, I just wanted to encourage all the people who are living with autism that you can overcome it.
Don’t let it tear you apart. You are beautiful people no matter what people say about you.
Just believe in yourselves and trust God to deliver you.
It’s time to stand up and be
courageous and confident.