If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me; ” You should go do normal kids stuff and just enjoy being a kid” or ” Being by yourself all the time is unhealthy.
First of all, what is normal? Last time I looked Normal is a setting on my Mums washing machine, Why does society automatically think I’m not enjoying myself because I’m not doing what most kids my age do. Why does society automatically get to decide that enjoyment can only be felt when, doing “age appropriate” activities, that involve other kids?
Everyone’s idea of enjoyment is different, everyone practices self care different, because we are different .I enjoy having philosophical and in-depth conversations, that has never been with my peers. My peers were interested in discussing the “Spiderman actor and what a hottie he is ” and “to shellac or not to shellac” these are topics that bring them joy.
Comments such as; You should go do normal kids stuff and just enjoy being a kid” or ” Being by yourself all the time is unhealthy.. These comments are unhelpful, making me feel like there is something wrong with me or I need to try harder. Autistic teens ‘ you do you ‘ don’t change a thing , do what fills your heart