The best thing about being autistic is the strong passions. I get a lot of pleasure from learning about autism, teaching people about autism and engaging with the autistic community.
The worst part of being autistic was all the years of not understanding myself or my brain. I didn’t realise my ignorance at the time but now I look back my life would have been a lot easier if I had understood why I find somethings difficult yet others so easy. I could have adapted my environment so that I was less stressed.
Sometimes passionate interests are useful and in my passion about autism has helped me support my children, and myself, as well as is possible, so we have a lovely life. It is possible to be autistic and happy.