Many times as a nonspeaking autistic I was angry because I wasn’t like everyone else. Time has enabled me to be proud of my autistic self. Yes, life has its challenges, but doesn’t everyone else have challenges, too?
The autistic boy wanted to be like everyone else. He wanted to be able to talk to his friends, drive a car, and have people realize how smart he was. He was envious of others because things seemed so easy for everyone else but was challenging for him. “Why is my life so hard?” he lamented. “I want to be like the others. Their lives are so easy.” The autistic boy cried himself to sleep that night.
God felt bad for the boy that night, so while he slept he erased the boy’s autism. The next day, the boy woke up and realized autism had disappeared. The boy could talk to his friends, drive a car, and people now thought he was smart. “This is awesome” thought the boy. “Life is going to be great now.”
But autism and the boy began to miss each other terribly. The boy missed his keen senses and his unbelievable abilities. And he especially missed his synesthesia when music played. The boy realized that life is what you make of it. So he prayed to God to be changed back to his former autistic self.
The next day autism had returned and the boy was happy! Once autism had been a burden, and now it was a blessing. So the boy learned how to ride a bike instead of a car. He learned to communicate using a letterboard and could finally talk to his friends. And because of the letterboard, people now saw how smart he was. The boy realized that life’s challenges are what spurs you to make your life better.From Gregory’s blog, The Autistic Mind Finally Speaks