Autism isn’t just a social thing. It’s a thing that’s there in the back of your mind and it’s always there. It tends to inhibit your ability to socialize and read social situations. But that doesn’t mean that it’s the end. With enough work, any person with Autism can have perfectly normal relationships. Want to get married? Sure! Want to do well with education? Well that’s easier for us. All I wanted to know when I first got diagnosed was to know that other people were in my boat, I needed to know I wasn’t alone. So that’s what I’m going to tell you. A diagnosis of autism isn’t the end, it’s the start of something, and an explanation for all of your weird behaviours – it opens doors. It actually makes you look more hireable; companies want people with Autism so that they can experience how amazing our brains are.
I’ll use a metaphor that helped me.
We aren’t weird, our brains just run on a different operating system; everyone else uses windows, people develop it and it comes readily sorted. We’re on Linux, we develop it. We are the only people who can make us socialise well. So you may want to give up on the world, declare society a scam, heaven knows I did. But that’s no good for anyone, even if you get drained from a conversation with the postman. There is hope. And there are others like us, and your interests? Others have them; they aren’t weird.
You. Are. Awesome.