Sad fact…

I was doing a deep dive into my YouTube stats and discovered that over the last 28 days my video on depression has gotten the most watch time of all my videos. While I’m happy to say that its performing well for how small my channel is, it is also depressing that 75% of the traffic is coming from people searching for either “autism depression” or “autism anxiety”. These are apparently two hot topics for us, and I wish I could make a video that magically helps people who stumble across it, but the sad fact is I constantly struggle with both depression and anxiety with no magic button or cure all since I only ever rise above them for short bursts of time before I’m down again. I’m currently in a good state of mind… but for how long?… Perhaps just making another video on the topic and sending a message of “you are not alone & this is nothing to be ashamed of” would be helpful? I don’t know… but it is something to think about…

Maybe I should have started this post off with “dear diary” since this is basically my inner mono-log that I’m just happening to put on the internet. lol

A.S.P.I.E.

While working on my next video (yes there is a new video coming out finally. Still working on it. but soon!) I had a question pop into my head. What is a good creed, mantra, or pledge that is both positive and a coping mechanism? Then after an hour of bouncing around ideas I came up with A.S.P.I.E.

Always Strategize Prepare Initiate Execute

Always – as in not sometimes, not occasionally, but consistently and in everything

Strategize – Nothing is impossible regardless of what challenges are involved so long as you take the time to make a plan or 12 (gotta have backups)

Prepare – Similar to strategize, but I mean this in more of terms of having everything you need to execute the plan. Ear defends? check… Stim toy… check… Blue prints of the venue you are going to dinner at complete with an idea of what area has the best acoustics to sit at… check…

Initiate – Having a plan and being prepared doesn’t help anything if you don’t actually start what you have planned. Have faith in the plan and courage enough to initiate it!

Execute – If you did everything you could in the previous steps then a successful execution of the plan should be easy at this point! Complete it like a pro and pat yourself on the back! Great job!

These 5 steps are crucial to being a good Aspie when going outside of a comfort zone or breaking away from a routine! I intend to cover these 5 steps in my next video which is about surviving thriving at a concert where sensory overload can easily occur.

Also, since there is not a very large selection of adult autism clothing and everything is based around children with bright colors and puzzle pieces. I’ve decided to start designing some adult autism related clothing, and I’m starting very simple with…

Available at Tee-Spring and hopefully soon to be on Amazon.

Autism Awareness – My thoughts On How To Build Acceptance

Hello again everyone. Since today is 4/2 and its the official awareness day I wanted to share a website and some thoughts that have been nagging at me for over a month.

First the website is Aspie Project and I mentioned it in my 1000 subscribers video. It has gone live today if you wish to check it out.

Second, I am personally very happy with the term “Autism Awareness”. However, many people have been replacing this with “Autism Acceptance” and it conflicts with my logic. Allow me to elaborate…

People cannot accept what they do not understand. People cannot understand what they have not learned. People cannot learn something they are not aware of first… This is my train of thought and it has awareness as its foundation, Education as the walls, and acceptance as the roof (if we are comparing it to a building). With people wanting to skip to acceptance means there is half a foundation and only a few walls up, but they wish to start on the roof. The building will most likely collapse and take all progress with it.

Currently there are still many misconceptions of autism. Like “its a children’s disease”, “Its just a behavioral problem that can be fixed”, “people with autism are just like Rainman”, and that “everyone is a little autistic”… These examples are common enough to that the education portion is not yet complete, so if anything it should be autism education day/week/month, but I’ll settle for awareness as many people are still not even aware of what autism really is, and its the first step.

If people are both aware of and educated in what autism is, then acceptance will happen on its own. If you want acceptance I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and help us build up to that by not only showing your pride and saying “I have autism”, but go out of your way to help educate people in a constructive manner. Ask questions to find what their misconceptions are and don’t get angry if their misconceptions are stereo types. They don’t know any better and its not their fault. Instead take that energy and use it in a positive way to educate. THIS is how we get acceptance. Not by getting angry and ranting on twitter on how NT’s don’t understand and not by simply demanding or wishing for acceptance and expecting it to appear out of thin air.

End of rant… all thoughts and opinions above are my own and should not be taken as anything other than 1 persons thoughts and opinions.