Positive Thinking and Autistic Minds

Welcome 2107, and we think it might be a great idea to start the new year with some positivity. Smart, unabashed and outspoken are the words that could well describe Rosie King.

Back in 2014, Rosie was only 16 when she gave an outstanding and eye-opening speech on Ted Talk, titled “How Autism Freed Me to Be Myself”.

Over here, Rosie discusses the ways positive thinking has an effect on her. She goes on to celebrate her new found uniqueness and appreciates the many challenges she had to face, which made her into what she is today.

Rosie stretches her boundaries and defines what is acceptable by elaborating and turning into positivity, our perception of “normal“. Humans are diversified and there are no boundaries – says Rosie, who sees being autistic as an extraordinary ability rather than a mere disorder.

I don’t try and fit myself into a tiny little box. That’s one of the best things about being autistic. You don’t have the urge to do that. You find what you want to do, you find a way to do it, and you get on with it. If I was trying to fit myself into a box, I wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t have achieved half the things that I have now.

However, this does not stop King from sharing the problems that autistic individuals undergo regularly.

There are problems with being autistic, and there are problems with having too much imagination.

School can be a problem in general, but having also to explain to a teacher on a daily basis that their lesson is inexplicably dull and you are secretly taking refuge in a world inside your head in which you are not in that lesson, that adds to your list of problems.

Also, when my imagination takes hold, my body takes on a life of its own. When something very exciting happens in my inner world, I’ve just got to run.

I’ve got to rock backward and forward, or sometimes scream.

Nevertheless, she tries her best in being normal, by keeping off from the pedestal.

She further highlights the importance of striving to achieve normal while being patient when someone compliments saying “Wow, you are really normal,” and highlights the fact that such autistic individuals, more often, would feel plain.

Rosie explains that children with autism are often used to these type of (demoralizing) compliments from neurotypicals, who would regularly address and shower them with metaphors “extraordinary”, “beautiful”, and “unique”.

So if people want to be these things, why are so many people striving to be normal? Why are people pouring their brilliant individual light into a mold? People are so afraid of variety that they try and force everyone, even people who don’t want to or can’t, to become normal.

There are camps for LGBTQ people or autistic people to try and make them this ‘normal,’ and that’s terrifying that people would do that in this day and age.

Kings says, she enjoys being autistic and wouldn’t trade her traits for anything in the world. Her unique characteristics help her imaginations to grow. She also hopes others could also realize the many benefits that are associated with autism and there is no room for any fear.

This is the beautiful journey of a 16-year-old diagnosed with autism and who believes in her destiny. AutisMag is proud of you Rosie!

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