How have you changed in the past two years?
I’ve come into my identity a lot more. When I was in high school, I didn’t really believe that I was autistic because there was still the ‘real autism’ debate going on within my circles and in the general community. It was a possibility but it was so hard to tell from the outside after years of adaptation to the neurotypical world that even I doubted myself.
Now, I know that there are thousands of women just like me, who are experiencing the same struggles and successes even without the formal diagnosis we all long for. So I feel a lot more solid about what’s part of that and what isn’t, and I try to improve myself daily either way.
When I was a senior in high school, I thought that I was going into the theatrical business. Now I’m just going into business, but with the same end goal of working in the theme park industry.
I used to be a lot less involved with things. Now, I at least have a few friends to rely on and a few places to go when I need them. I’ve become more of a loner in general, but I’m at least happy and confident about it.
I now speak three languages instead of only one and a half, which is very, very nice.
I guess I’m still a work-in-progress. I’m not terribly proud of who I am, but I am excited to see where I go in the future.