Throughout the many posts of this blog, I try to advocate the positive nature of autism.
I try to let everyone know that it is not a stigma nor a burden.
The other day, I came across a quote from the Dalai Lama. The quote read:
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
I feel the same way toward having Brian as my brother. Instead of taking the well-paved trail, my family and I are blazing our own. Hopefully the trail we leave behind will help someone else in their journey with autism.
I constantly talk about how Brian has taught me so much about life. Appreciation is probably the most important. Aside from that, he has taught me patience, kindness and the only way to get the cleanest teeth in the United States.
I want to emphasize on kindness. When I think of kindness, I think of helping others when they need it. Maybe it’s opening a door for someone or helping an elderly person with a heavy package. Today I found a post that put an emphasis on kindness. This blogger explained that kindness is not only doing these random acts, but also taking a caring and curious interest in another person. Everyone has a story to tell. We just have to be curious enough to ask about it.
Some autism organizations today are attempting to find a “cure” for the disorder. Many parents of autistic children oppose this. What exactly is there to cure? While reading another blog today, I clicked on a link that lead to a poem called “If You Were ‘Cured.'” The poem expresses the endless possibilities should a cure be found, but what would happen to the person we came to love?
After reading the poem, I backtracked to the original blog and read the post. The author is a mother of a three-year-old autistic boy, who she loves with all of her heart. She doesn’t believe that people should be “sorry” for families who live with autism. Instead she embraces her son’s uniqueness. It is people like her, the blogger of “Flappiness Is” and those who see the bright side of the disorder who should be acknowledged.
We are all on our own path in life. Sometimes we begin on the pavement and all of a sudden life takes us into the forest. No matter where we travel though, we are all going to the same location. Some of us just want to take a more interesting trip than others.