I often hold a mirror to society in these blogs and criticise shortcomings in organisations, institutions and society. There is nothing wrong with this of course. It is a valuable function for a writer and Autism and mental health advocate to perform. I thought that this blog would be a bit different though. In this post I would like to look at things which I love, enjoy and value. I’ll write a little list…I enjoy lists
- My family. There’s that meme that says “I shook my family tree and all that fell out was a bunch of nuts.” In the kindest way possible, this could be said of my family, We are all a bit quirky Purky and different. This is often a good thing. My family stood by me when nobody else would, supported the broken and confused being that was me. I really appreciate that and love that I am now paying them back in joy and pride and happiness.
- Mr Kitty. He is filled with love and cuddles and acts like he is so lucky to have found such a hoomin mum as me. The feeling is mutual. We rescued one another.
- Movie night. Friends, films, Whimsy Manor and Mr Kitty come together in the most perfect evening in the world. And it happens every two weeks. Wow.
- Jeanette’s Autism Show – my foray into multimedia Autistic advocacy. I love that thing so much, I get to speak to people all over the world who are just wonderful.
- The Internet. I can’t believe we didn’t used to have this. It’s full of lovely people who live in my phone and say nice things to me.
- My job and pretty much everything associated with it.
- Autism conferences – I get to hang out with all my friends and then get up on stage and tell jokes and occasionally get a point across. What’s not to like??
- My illness. No, stay with me on this. Yes, it’s horrible and scary and makes life hard but it has also given me the opportunity to build self-awareness and understanding. Also, could you imagine a non-mentally ill Jeanette? Given my ambition and overachieving I would be absolutely unbearable. Adversity really is your friend.
- Alastair the MacBook Air. My little laptop friend. Reliable and attractively aerodynamic, he handles all my computing needs,
- All the Autism and mental health advocates who have gone before me, Big, whopping thank you!
- Donna Williams and her mentoring while I was writing and publishing my autobiography. I did not realise just what opportunities she opened up for me at the time but I will be eternally grateful.
- My motivation. I could run a country with this. Quite a large country at that! I have only once in almost nine years of full-time work woken up and thought ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to work today.’ Every other day – several thousands of them – I have leapt out of bed and enthusiastically bounced onto the bus and then into my office with a joyous smile and a positive attitude.
- Books – they opened up new worlds to me as a child and a new identity for myself when the first one by me came into being.
- My women’s group. I love it. I have met so many great friends through it. And to think, the first couple of years I missed more nights than I attended due to my mental ill heath.
- My peers, colleagues and friends in the Autism world.
That;s a good list of lovely things, I do try to see positives where I can. Some people might think I’m some kind of delusional Pollyanna but I’m not. I know there are sad and unpleasant things in this world of ours but I do like to focus on the good stuff. I always think that if you go through life expecting everyone will hate you and discriminate against you, that is probably what will happen. I don’t take that approach, I try to educate people who are ignorant or say ill-advised things. Sure, some of them are hostile and prejudiced but in many cases I have helped people to change their view.
I wish you all the most wonderful of good items on your own list.