Beginning to think that all you need to do to be an expert or activist or have a voice is keep saying you are one and release a film or book. No actual expertise or experience outside your own required.
I’ve a whole heap of experience. Would you buy my book? (I haven’t written it yet. Just doing some market research.)
I can tell you about a life of anxiety and depression, that didn’t magically evaporate when I got a late diagnosis of autism. (I can tell you how I deal with anxiety – I like to call it the avoided panic technique, where I put off anything stressful for as long as humanly possible, then do it in a mad rush. Depression I stave off with walks by the beach, and art. And sometimes I don’t stave it of at all, and that’s when I go back to reminding myself one day at a time. One step at a time. One breath at a time. Just keep going. Because you have always survived before, and you can survive again.)
Can I write about my experiences of autism? Only by telling you about me, because I don’t think there’s a line where autism stops and I start, which is why I don’t say with autism but autistic. So my story has autism running through it like a logo in a stick of rock, and with hindsight it’s easier to see the hints, but from within it wasn’t that clear. Like standing too close to a picture to see anything but the brush strokes – I needed to stand back, or ask someone else what the picture was.
Could I write about home education? Yes, but I’m only an expert on my family and my children, and the first thing I’d tell you is they’re all different, so what I’ve got to say might not apply to you and yours. Still want to read it?
What about art and photography? That’s my special interest right now, and it’s hard to think about anything much else. But it doesn’t pay the bills (I wish I knew how to have that happen) so I can’t spend all the time I want on it.
It always comes back to paying the bills. Hohum.
So, which book would you buy?
(If you’d like to read the things I’ve written here on autism, click through on the category link at the bottom of the post, where it says filed under 🙂 )