Finding Your Autistic Way Is Like Being Lost In The Woods

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Trying to make your own version of an autistic-friendly life is a bit like finding your way through the deep dark woods.

What does an autism-friendly life look like?

Our society doesn’t have many examples of what healthy, neurodiverse lives can look like. Sure, we tout lists of people who are openly autistic or otherwise neurodiverse to show that it is possible, but that doesn’t show us how to do it well on a day-to-day basis.

So when you’re done trying to be “normal,” and want to craft a life that is better suited to your unique autistic mind-body, it can be a disorienting experience. For me, it felt for a long while like I was lost in the deep dark woods.

In this video, I compare that experience to the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and then continue the story past when she gets away form the wolf and tries to find her own path out of the woods.

The video


What do you think of my analogy? Does it resonate with you? Or how else would you describe your experience? You’re welcome to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Heather Cook

Heather Cook

Hi, I’m Heather. I’m an autistic writer, advocate, and life coach, and I'm building a life I love. I help other autistics to build their own autism-positive life. I love reading, jigsaw puzzles, every science ending in -ology, and all things Star Trek!

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