Often she told me, but I didn't believe. So she had to teach me.
She had to teach me because I didn't know, and thought people like her were just looking for attention or some kind of special acknowledgement of their difference. I thought everyone was like me inside, so I didn't believe in something different. I was wrong. I was dangerous and cruel--though I was sure I was kind. But I couldn't be truly kind because I didn't believe others when they shared their own experiences if they were far and foreign from my own.
I was wrong.
So I speak up consistently with volume and candor to help others understand before it's too late.
Sadly, so sadly, for Robin Williams it is too late. We'll mourn together of course, and feel for his family, but I hope we'll also learn.
~Reach out.Believe in everyone, but live around only those who help rather than hinder.
~Seek out neurofeedback.
~Know that there are answers, and you can find them.
~Don't be afraid to walk away from those who are not supportive, even if they're family.
~Do believe that one amazing friend is healthier than a roomful of poisonous ones.
~Contact people who know the battle but no longer live it. Encourage them to share their answers and then try those answers for yourself or your loved one. Feel free to personalize as you go.
Robin Williams was funny, smart, creative, and a genius. Often this is a recipe for depression, but it doesn't have to be. It really doesn't have to be. Believe that, and your taking a step in the right direction.
Keep taking those steps.
Hugs, smiles, and love.
Autism Answers with Tsara Shelton (Facebook)