Because of the stigma surrounding Autism today, I have to wear a mask constantly. I am only now beginning to take my “mask” off with family members and people I know well.
Today I took off my mask to reveal that I am autistic to people that I know at an activity that I go to. I was very scared to say it because I didn’t know what their reaction would be.
They were ok about it. I told them that I struggle with a lot of different things and that I have sensory issues. I also told them that I can have meltdowns and sensory overload.
So, I am hoping that I can be my autistic self around the people that I know. I want to stim freely, and be me without worrying about “looking normal”. Someday I hope that all Autistic people can be themselves without having to wear a mask.
“I am Autistic”. 🙂
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