The first one in this series is from a disability/chronic illness/neurodiverse perspective but I reckon most people will be able to relate to this, in one way or another.
I love the part in this which says ‘Be safe, if you can be.’ I cannot tell you how many times I’ve battled on when really it wasn’t safe for me to do so because I was that exhausted, I was having accidents and making terrible decisions. Having a rest is not giving up, it’s enabling you to come back stronger later.
This idea sunk in when I was around 14 and I thought if people are going to stare at me no matter how hard I try to blend in, then I might as well give them something that I’ve CHOOSEN for them to stare at. Something so they actually see me for a change.
Neurodiverse people are just a different kind of normal. Don’t forget your quirks are part of who you are and they have helped to shape your character.
Too loud, too fast, too bright, too busy, too freakin much! This is when you know you need to take a moment to reset and de-stress, if only for five minutes.
I cannot tell you how important it is to do this, for your own self esteem and sanity. I ended up having to cut a really good friend out of my life because his mates hated me and he ignored it – expecting me to put up with it. Nah! I’ve also tried my arse off to fit in with a group who had no intentions of even trying to understand me. If they are ‘your kind of crazy’ you shouldn’t have to try that much.
Bit of a literal one for me this, haha! Seriously, though today is a new day and another chance at getting that difficult thing right. Which led me to creating this one myself…
You are enough.