Pride and Shame -Autistics Speaking Day

This is my entry for “Autistics Speaking Day” over at

Me- talkin bout love, and pride, and shame.


7 thoughts on “Pride and Shame -Autistics Speaking Day

  1. h4rrish4wk says:

    Admittedly – The movie was my least fave form of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But I completely get what you’re driving at. I have pride too. Pfft… “Normality”… whatever that means.

  2. agrajag says:

    I don’t want you to be “normal” – or alternatively, I think you *are* normal. If the definition of normal is so narrow that it lacks place for you, then the mistake is with the definition and not with you.

    I do want you to be *happy*, to be *loved*, to live a good life. To manage to find good solutions for those problems you struggle with in your life, such as the anxiety. But having problems we struggle with is in my opinion also normal, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Yes, some people have bigger problems and some people have smaller problems, but so what ?

    And you’re most certainly worthy of being loved. In fact to me personally you’re more worthy of being loved than the vast majority of neurotypical people are. Because people should be judged by their actions, and not by their neurological makeup.

    And what are your actions like ? You’re honest. You’re brave. You very very clearly love your children a lot. You work hard to give them the best start in life, and teach them the things they’re going to need. And you are a good friend. What’s not to love about that ?

    I remember that Hitchhikers-quote; “I repeat, we have normality, anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.”

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