The following is a continuation of Chloe’s earlier post, Autism And The Future:
Last night, while I was lying in bed, I thought to myself:
I wonder what my future would be like if I didn’t have Autism?
What would it be like if Autism was not a word I knew in my vocabulary? More importantly, what would life be like for me now if Autism hadn’t touched me on such a personal level?
All of these questions are questions that will always go unanswered. One can guess what their life would be like if Autism wasn’t a part of it, but one will never know for sure. Rather then wondering and guessing at what it would have been like without Autism, I think of the great things that I have accomplished that I wouldn’t of done if I didn’t have Autism.
If I didn’t have Autism I more than likely would not of gotten involved in advocating for Autism. I would not be writing for e-magazines and blogs, I wouldn’t be speaking at conferences. Most importantly, I wouldn’t of met so many wonderful people. I also would not be a part of the Autism community, which has changed my life for the better. I live life, with my head held up high, because I know deep down in my heart that everything is going to be alright.
Just a year ago, if someone brought up the word future, it would bring me to tears, because it was so unknown, it was not all planned out for me, like the rest of my life has been. I find the unknown to be scary sometimes. But, my passion in life – advocating for Autism – has found me, and I am convinced that this is what I was meant to do in life.
Chloe Rothschild. is a 20 year-old, self-advocate who is passionate about educating others about autism. She is a young leader for the Autistic Global Initiative, a program through the Autism Research Institute. She writes about sensory issues and differences, communication difficulties, meltdowns and debunking autism myths. In her free time she enjoys drawing and painting monsters, both on paper, and on the computer.