I was just thinking. We always talk about how #Autism has affected our kids. We talk about the challenges, victories and heartbreak. These are all important things to dialog about, however, I have another question.
How has Autism changed you?
This may seem like a silly question but it really isn’t. Let me share my feelings and then I would love to hear yours.
While I’m not personally Autistic, I’m profoundly affected by it anyway. My 3 boys are all on the Autism Spectrum, along with my wife. So I’m basically in the trenches each and every day.
Autism has proven to be exhausting for me because with so many people with Autism under one roof, things tend to be rather chaotic. I think many of you out there understand what I mean by chaos, so I won’t focus on that so much in this post.
Despite all the exhaustion, frustration and feelings of being overwhelmed, Autism has changed me in quite a few ways.
I don’t personally define my kids or wife as Autism. They are first and foremost, my wife and kids. However, there is no denying that them being on the Autism Spectrum provides life with many unique experiences, that I wouldn’t likely have otherwise.
I think that my kids being diagnosed with having Autism, has taught me just how patient I can actually be. I have learned that sometimes the little things mean the most. I have learned to appreciate my family and never, ever take them for granted.
When my youngest gets himself dressed, I’m as proud of him as someone else would be of their child scoring the winning goal or touchdown. A victory is a victory, matter how big or small.
One of the most amazing things I have learned is just how many different ways there is to see the same world.
These are just a few ways Autism has changed me…..
Your turn. How has Autism changed you?