if a man does not keep pace with his companions. perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.
(henry david thoreau, 1854)
several months ago i watched with my family one of the most inspiring movies, the temple grandin story. temple is a woman who was diagnosed with autism at a young age. with the amazing support of her mom and teachers she is now a successful woman with her doctorate. the four of cried together while we watched and realized how difficult life is for some people and how wonderfull it is when they overcome all odds. amazing!!
i was first introduced to temples story a few years ago, while i educated myself about autism spectrum disorders. she has written several inspiring books about her life. she and all the others diagnosed have an amazing way of seeing the world and i appreciate all that she has taught me and my family.
there is so much more to autism than the things we hear on the news or read in the paper. i now see things through there eyes and know how difficult even the most simple things can be.
right now i am reading a book called freaks, geeks and asperger syndrome, by 13 year old luke jackson.
i am so impressed, what a gifted young man, with such a beautiful mind.
this quote in the beginning of the book really struck me.
"to those of you who feel that you don't belong. always remember that different is cool."
wow!! well said!!