Autism Acceptance Month – Day 10 – Happy Things

What makes me happy? Actually, a lot of things!

I love being able to engage in my special interests. Anything regarding those usually puts a smile on my face or, if I am having very rough day, at least helps me feel a little better. I am very happy and content when I get to play video games, read books, or see movies. I also collect things relating to my special interests as well. The items I collect are in various spots around my house so that I can usually look over and see one of them, which puts a smile on my face.

My husband and my very close friends make me happy. I love hearing them info dump about things they enjoy, hearing about their day, or spending time with them online or in person (especially in person!). I honestly wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have them in my life. My close friends are my chosen family.

My convention! I love event planning, so naturally getting to work on my convention each year makes me happy. I love seeing everything come together and seeing all the attendees have an amazing weekend. I always shed tons of happy tears once the weekend is over.

Working on plushies and other items that help my fellow Autistics also makes me happy. This has made me quite thrilled as of late, as it combines many special interests of mine into one thing. I love my job, even though it’s mostly mentally rewarding and not really financially rewarding. I do the things I do not for the money, but to make others happy. This in turn makes me happy!

The Autistic community makes me happy, of course. I love helping out others and giving advice when I can. I love knowing that there are people just like me out there and that I am not alone in the world. I love that I now have the words to describe my experiences and can share them with others, which I hope that I can use to help them.

Last, but not least, being and knowing that I am Autistic makes me really happy. It means that I am not a broken person. It means that I go about life in a different way then most. It means that I finally understand myself. It means that I now know how to advocate for my needs. And, most of all, it means that I love myself just the way I am.

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