For today’s Love Not Fear flashblog, I am going to focus on one of the better parts of being involved in the Autistic activist movement: mutual support.
Well, being an activist of any sort is draining; it is a tiring often thankless effort.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile.
One of the most beautiful things I see happen among Autistics is supporting each other during our times of meltdown, extreme anxiety, prolonged fragility.
I have seen countless times in which one of us is having a crisis and so all many of us offer our ear and our verbal or typed forms of support.
And often, that is all we need, or at least a very big step in the right direction.
Mutual support is not telling someone whether their feelings make sense or not; many of us Autistics have given up on emotions ever making sense, some call this alexithymia.
Mutual support is giving each other the space to emote and not take it personally when such emotions do not match the conversation we’d like to be having at the time.