How are ya doin’? My name’s Anthony, but you can also call me Tony or Antonio if you like. Welcome to my corner of the WordPress ‘hood. This blog is my latest vocation in life; exactly what will come of it is unclear to me, but if I change someone’s life for the better along the way, then I’d say that it was worth it.
You’re probably wondering what the title is all about, right? Well, even if you aren’t, I’ll elaborate. The main title refers to when I was in school, and not all of my best lessons came from the teachers’ books. I have an opinion that not all of the best life lessons get taught in school; I feel this way because of how inadequate my Mom believed that schools were to people of my particular set of circumstances. While it’s been a long time since then, I’ve seen many schools make leaps and bounds toward fully accommodating kids will all sets of concerns.
That brings me to the subtitle: what do I mean by the “Spectrum”? I mean, the Autism Spectrum. That’s right, I was born with Asperger’s Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism. I wasn’t officially diagnosed until I was fifteen, but my parents always knew that I was born different. For most of my life I’ve had to have someone plead my case until I felt like I was old enough to explain myself. Even then, I felt the world wasn’t ready to accept someone like me, so I just hid in shame. A shame that came from feeling like “Autism” was just another ignorant label of society that I had grown to hate.
Nowadays, if anyone asks me further, I will tell them the truth because it is who I am and it is something I have made peace with in recent years. The veil of shame has been lifted from my consciousness, and as I develop this blog, many of my posts will be of my experiences navigating the world as someone with Autism and how it has shaped my world views.
My primary purpose for this writing is to show the world that I have a voice. Because of the differences I was born with, I want to use this to fulfill a desire I have to show the world that I exist and that my life matters. I know that there are other people in this world who have had to struggle with the same difficulties as I’ve had. I also feel that there are other families who cope with a relative or friend on the Autism Spectrum, and there are days when the struggle is nearly hopeless.
I want to tell them that life doesn’t have to be that way, it doesn’t have to be a struggle! In my heart, I know that all people want in this world is to feel validated, like they have a purpose in life, and that they have always had a meaning. There is no “reality”, there is only perception, and I am finally able to show the world my perceptions, which are those of a person with Asperger’s Syndrome who is finally brave enough to prove that he has a right to really live!
I want to shift at least one person’s awareness about people on the spectrum, and give real, tangible hope to any “Aspie” who feels like the world doesn’t understand him or her. Life does not have to mean isolation and sadness, there is someone who knows what’s it’s like, because…I’ve lived it. I have been so blessed in this lifetime to have a network of support and understanding that has been my saving grace. To anyone out there who is an Aspie or has some form of Autism: No matter what anyone says…your life always had meaning. Do not let anyone tell you that you need anything or anyone to matter; sometimes, all that person wants you to do is shut up and fit in. From the day you were born, your life had meaning, and it always has.
I would like you to enjoy what I have to say; if there are any criticisms to be had, I urge you to talk to me in a straightforward and respectful way. I will not tolerate any harassment, hate, or negativity; if you have nothing of value to say to me, then don’t troll around my space any more and leave me alone.
Thank You for stopping by; I hope this is the beginning of a new venture in life for you as well as me. See you ’round!