One evening, I was eating dinner in a fancy restaurant with my mom, Mormor, Uncle Ken, and Aunt Renee. We were asking each other questions like: “Where is the one place in the world that you would like to go?” Then Aunt Renee asked, “What animal would you like to be if you were one?” I replied by saying that I would be a tiger. I said that just because “Tiger” sounded a little like my name. After dinner, I began to write reasons why I chose the tiger.
This was the only “free” chapter that I shared with hundreds of people. I shared my reasons for choosing a tiger with my writing class, my family, and my friends. I started out the story by saying, “Hey, kids! It’s your old pal and friend. Do you have a favorite animal? I have a favorite animal too. It is the tiger. Here in this group of words, I will tell you why I like the tiger and compare my reasons why I like the tiger to real life events.” Then I read the...
I was the absolute worst in social media, so bad it hurts to think about it. Everything I am offline, I am online, I do not enjoy hiding and pretending I'm something I'm not, but I still had work to do in being social.
Now, I'm enjoying social media all for much different reasons.
Social media to me, is a lot like real life in terms of being social. For me, I have the tendency of speaking from the mind; hard to keep my thoughts to myself, and that ended up hurting me and getting me in trouble. It was bad; the first parts of using social media, way before I started writing a book that is. So I just gave up on it and played video games.
Social media now, I am able to speak from the mind and heart but taken to a much different approach as to finding and discovering things that spark interest and saying something about that in the lines of compliments. In Twitter, I use it for the news. Dairy Queen announcing the return of S'mores Blizzard is news to me! Or when there are new music...
If 'entertainment' is an object that can be held, I imagine it as a balloon.
The idea for entertainment is for it all to bring a person joy; I ponder over the word 'entertainment' because there are many different kinds of entertainment that people find... entertaining. Going to have to slow myself down from saying that word too much in one sentence.
What does it all mean to me? It all fascinates me when I see the many things that relates to the category.
It all turns out that everyone is completely different in entertainment, just like everyone is different when it comes to autism; I'll share my vision in entertainment.
Entertainment to me is welcoming. The best kind of entertainment welcomes the person being exposed to it and want to be a part of whatever goes on.
Example, the circus; the show goes on and you're seeing it all right before your eyes!
A hockey match where players get rough and would do almost whatever it takes to score points.
A carnival that's designed for gay (happy)...
"How does it feel to get your work done?"
"I feel like dancing!"
I love dancing! Been doing it since I was a toddler. Why is it so important?
It's another form of communication! I never knew how to form words when it comes to social interactions, so instead, dancing is one of the things I would do to communicate in a way; A unique way to bond with someone or with other people when there are people to dance with.
One challenge I had was loud music, and there are a lot of loud moments when it comes to dances, learning about people coming together to dance, I challenged myself to handle the noises so I can dance with others! Sure would do just about anything just to spend time with people in my peer group, and the dances was a great example on what I would do to have a good time being with others while doing one of my favorite activities, and that is to dance.
Today, I still enjoy a good dance here and there. Sometimes when I hear good news or anything positive that someone told me, I...
Fly, don't fall.
Traveling from one place to another by plane wasn't always easy at first. Had to train how to get on and off successfully without anything going out of whack, but once I have figured out how to master going on and off the plane, I have started to love planes!
Grown so fascinated with the flying machines since I was in the third grade. I remember at the class, the teacher would hang airplanes on the ceiling and I would enjoy looking at these wonderful inventions for transportation; The wings that spread out like a bird, the speed during flight (because we would even try one of the teacher's toy planes on the field), and just the look of an airplane is so neat!
Back then, I didn't know what planes were when it came to airports. Didn't even know that we were flying in a plane, until I fully discovered that we were up in the air, and I was thinking: "What on Earth is this?" and that was when I became fascinated by it. The noise was one thing that I had to control with...
What is the One World Observatory?
The One World Observatory, also known as the One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere. The building became the successor to the Twin Towers after they were destroyed. The Observatory is located in New York City, New York. For being the tallest building, it's easy to identify when traveling to New York.
New York. I have always wanted to go to that state ever since I was four years old. I remember Dad talking about New York back then and then one day Mom and I decided to go. Nice time too because of the new building being the One World.
When Mom was married to Dad, Mom would tell me that they used to be up at the Twin Towers; told me that it was almost like being on top of the world! It was an experience for sure being on top of two tall buildings. I am aware about what happened in September 11th, 2001, but I won't get too into that. Though I will say that Dad almost told me what was going on but Mom suggested that...
One of my favorite things to do is watch movies... repeatedly!
Why repeatedly? Wouldn't I get tired of the same old content? Yes and no. The reason why I would watch movies repeatedly is because I enjoy trying to find hidden things here and there down to the tiniest of detail. Not just that part of seeing things on every corner, but also understand hidden messages during the film of choice whether it's supposed to mean this or not.
Movies are fun! A lot of people love to watch a good film every so often for good old entertainment. I have been so fascinated with the film stuff that I decided to look back at the history of film and fully understand what film at the time was back then. Short cartoons on the big screen? That's something I would love to go see! A small group of people working on one cartoon... on the big screen with a large audience! That to me, is something I would love to get into if there's ever a way! Get a team of animators, voice overs, and writers. Doesn't have to...
The sound of silence. Why is silence important when it comes to autism? What can we learn from it?
I will teach you why I tend to stay silent since I was very little.
I never really talked much, and I chose not to form much words for a while. One of the biggest reasons why I prefer not to talk at all was because I never wanted to say anything that was not appropriate to say or to embarrass myself and to others around me. No matter what it is! Even if I was asked a question, I would stay silent not knowing how to respond. Took a very long time up to five years until I was given the confidence to speak more frequently. Words are words now, and I feel like I can say anything that comes to mind; especially when given some very hard questions that may be very sensitive even to me.
I still get pretty silent at times. So much so that I have found myself drawn to people my age that are silent too. There was a time when I was at a design and engineering class, and all the time, I would...
Kind of important to gain income and keeping a house. But why else are jobs important? Especially when it comes to autism?
Can someone with autism successfully get a job?
The answer is yes! I have autism, and I have had many jobs from being a maintenance worker at the bookstore to making boxes for the fudge at the candy store to being a keynote speaker are some examples. Believe me when I say that before I start taking on these tasks in new jobs, it can be very scary at times. Thinking that I wouldn't have the social skills or having a simple conversation with the employer, but with daily training beforehand, I have managed to achieve what seemed very hard. One of the biggest secrets in succeeding in that are is wanting the opportunity to work wherever; I believe that when you want the job, you will soon be able to get it.
I know a kid a few years younger than me, and this kid walks slowly, can hardly ever speak and mostly make moaning sounds, drools on some occasions, has that...
One of my favorite things to do is to play sports.
I was not into talking verbally growing up to be honest with you. Usually am the silent type often times, so why sports?
Well, for one thing, when it comes to sports, most of the activities don't require speech, just action and movement! Growing up, I would mostly move around all over the place even to the point of not knowing how to keep my hands to myself by mistake; So my teachers and parents encouraged me to do some fun activities outside during recess or in the backyard.
Actually, before school time, I was still encouraged to be active when I was two. May be diagnosed with having autism at age three, but still, my mom made sure I was doing something that involved moving around whether I have autism or not. Think it was something to do with Mr. Golden Sun. Can't believe I remember how it goes.
Sports was fully discovered when I grabbed a soccer ball with my hands and some kids yelled "HAND BALL!" and learned that there are rules...