Thursday, August 13, 2015

Autism Answer: Let's Keep The Conversation Going

I've been an obnoxious fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show for quite a long time now. I've adored the attention and fundraising Jon brings to veterans and autism for years, and loved the way he brings laughter coupled with strong resolve to issues he cares about for a long, long time. 

Interestingly, now that he's retired and no longer going to host The Daily Show, he's more popular than ever! Quotes and videos of his are flooding the internet and airwaves. Because of this there are thousands of new people learning to love him (as millions of us have been doing for years).

I'm reminded, then, to continue creating, loving, believing, speaking, discovering and teaching with my world. I'm reminded that the loops and lessons and truths of life are forever there and always available, and as I seek them out and share them with friends it's not the size of our audiences or thundering of applause that legitimizes us or our message. 

Jon Stewart has a gargantuan audience and it only seems to be growing now that he's off our screens and hanging with his family. Very soon, though, it'll quiet down.

But the stuff he helped us celebrate, the laughter and the desire to continuously grow kinder and smarter, that isn't going anywhere. Different faces and voices will always help us learn to think outside the box, as they always have. 

We, too, are those voices and faces, my friends. We parents and children and neighbors and bloggers and book buyers and selfie takers have no less an important audience than Jon Stewart. 

The world is shifted by what we choose to celebrate and how we tell our stories. And our stories, what we write and how we teach and what we do, will be here long after we've walked away from the microphone. 

Many of us celebrated Jon Stewart because he brought laughter and diversity and storytelling into our homes. These are beautiful things to celebrate! 

So, let's keep celebrating! Let's keep celebrating and creating and audience-ing and discovering! Let's keep truth seeking and laughing and honoring diversity!

Life is kind of like a long intimate conversation with close family and friends. 

As Jon suggested in his final episode,
let's keep the conversation going.

Hugs, smiles, and love!!

Autism Answers with Tsara Shelton (Facebook)