Going over repetitive behaviors was not as easy as it looked because I am showing the world how different I actually am. It’s not easy to share your peculiarities with others. Meanwhile, it’s therapeutic doing so.
Speaking of being different, there is something else that is a struggle for so many of us auties: SOCIAL ISOLATION. Social isolation is a lack of social connections. This can happen due to mental health, a physical illness or disability, even transitions such as a move or changes with work or family. There are people who prefer to be socially isolated as well.
As far as social isolation among auties, this is a common problem. I experience this everyday in public. At this point in my life though, I no longer believe it’s because people do not like me. I now believe that it’s because they do not understand me. Honestly, that’s okay. I am fully aware that how I function is something that was not chosen. Knowing this pushes me to keep going out into society (the gym in particular), no matter how odd I may seem to my peers.
Speaking of social isolation, I have decided to create a series about why autistic children and adults experience social isolation. The UNIQUE thing is that every affected individual has different reasons. I will just be discussing three of the most common.
The series will begin on the next post. Stay tuned!