I’ve never known much about Autism. I mean I see it on tv and stuff, but I’ve never known anyone who has it. Until I started following blogs. One of my all time favorite blogs is By My Side. Katrin writes about her love of dogs and how she trains them, and I love reading about her adventures with James, her service dog. It’s so interesting to read about service dogs other than guide dogs, and James is just extraordinary.
I asked for permission to link to her post about Autism Awareness. In this post, Katrin talks about how she was diagnosed after years of certain struggles. Looking at the woman she is today, I’m so grateful she writes a blog so I could come to know her.
It’s people like Katrin who help me understand when people say I’m an inspiration. When you’re just living your life, putting one foot in front of the other, doing the deal, it’s hard to see your own self as an inspiration. By watching people like Katrin though, who is an inspiration to me, it helps me better understand how people see me. I sometimes struggle with the word “inspiration” when it comes to people’s struggles. But I can’t deny that it’s inspiring to read about the good stories, the ones where people stand up against ignorance and criticism and in some cases, the belief that we shouldn’t exist with a disability. Those of us who say yeah, I’ve got a disability, so what? I surround myself with people like that, and Katrin is one of them.
Immediately after I read her post, the next post on my reading list was from another woman who has this attitude. How cool to read two posts back to back, both encompassing the kind of life I have chosen to lead for myself? I’ll be linking to that one too, once I have permission.
I can’t get enough strong people in my life. We all boost each other with our words, and it’s so refreshing to take that breath and inhale their words and strengths.
I plan to spend this month learning more about Autism. Maybe some day, if I educate myself on it, I can help educate someone with an ignorant view, which in the long term, will aide in the education of all disabilities.
I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful for mine, because without it, I wouldn’t have this blog and all the amazing people I’ve met through it.