The Forgotten History of Autism

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This is one of the best presentations I have ever seen in my life – on any subject.  If you have a spare 15 minutes, do yourself a favour and watch this video.

https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_silberman_the_forgotten_history_of_autism?language=en

Cheers,

Ziggy

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

So, the other day while being rather Ill I watched a whole series of a Netflix original “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. What started out as “I’ll just watch a couple of episodes” turned into “oh it’s night time”

This show tells the story of a woman who along with three other young women were kidnapped when they were young and kept in a bunker for 15 years by a crazy reverend who insisted he was saving them from the rapture.

In the first episode you meet the ladies when they get set free. Being dubbed “the Indiana Mole women” got them onto a New York talk show.

From here the seemingly most “together” one of them all decides she wants to stay in New York to pursue her dreams. But let’s face it… She has been kept underground for 15 years- she has no idea how the world works these days.

We follow a  quirky character who always shows optimism and many levels of PTSD who always tries her best to fix everything and make everyone happy. One who often succeeds in making myself smile. She’s an interesting woman who never ceases to be herself- no matter how weird she may be.

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So here is something I’ve learnt from her that I intend to take with me further; “You can stand anything for ten seconds.”

So here goes… 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

This unique show is one that I would recommend to anyone who needs an uplift or something to help them get through the day. Through fantastic one liners, and moving stories this show provides an excellent escape from the outside world, letting you run off into the world of Kimmy.

Kimmy is an adorable human being and I hope I can be as positive and as adorable as her one day.

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What Now?

I have just re read this and felt an overwhelming sense of something… not sure what…but it was something. I guess I forgot my determination.

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I often find myself sitting on my sofa blankly staring into my cup of tea thinking “what now?”

Almost 2 months ago I finally gave into my friends nagging and applied to university to do Child Nursing. I have never had confidence in myself that I would be accepted, but all of my friends constantly pushed me and told me I could do it. So I did. I sat down, whacked out a personal statement, dug up a person for a reference, and entered all of my details. Honestly, it took me about two hours to do all of that, mainly due to the fact I didn’t realise I only had three days to submit everything.

Eventually I hit that submit button, I agreed to the terms and conditions and paid what I need to. I then sat there, with my cup of tea thinking “what now?”

For a few weeks…

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Don’t Forget Where Your Home Is.

Lately (like always) I have been thinking A LOT about home. Thinking about the fact that I am always trying to escape it. I always seem to want to leave and explore and have adventures else where. I was on a train taking in the delightful views that my home has to offer and I thought- how much of my home have I actually explored? Not much in all honesty.  So while I am trying to save up to explore other places I have decided I am going to try and be more proactive about adventuring around my home. It’s so easy to get to some beautiful and amazing places without actually having to leave the country so why don’t I do that?  I feel so cooped up and pooped out working constantly and dreaming about days of adventure when I could just hop on a train and explore. Get away from all my worries. Get away from work. Don’t forget where your home is guys. You might be missing something beautiful while dreaming for something “bigger and better”. Home exploring… Go!   

Succeeding At Things And Stuff. 

We all want to succeed in everything we do right? 

Right!

Well here is a couple of simple things to help you on your way. 

DISCLAIMER: my advice doesn’t always work so please don’t yell at me if it sucks! 

It all starts when you wake up. Waking up from a good nights sleep feeling refreshed is super important to get a good start to your day. Wake up from your dreams and start chasing them.

Don’t think about what you won’t achieve for the day. Think about what you know you will achieve. If it helps make a list. List a step-by-step for all you want to achieve in your day. When you reach the end of that list  you’ll feel amazing! 

Another thing I have found helped me is setting achieveable goals. It isn’t helpful to set goals that are like “I will be able to speak three languages fluently by the end of next month” but what is helpful is setting goals that you  can achieve. For example ” I will be able to swim a certain amount of meters compentatly in 6 months” it might seem like it’ll take a long time but by setting goals that are actually achieveable you don’t feel like you’ve let yourself down and that is very important if you want to carry on setting goals.

So what if you fail?

Failing isn’t a bad thing. It’s just another way of learning. Failing doesn’t mean giving up it means finding another way to succeed. If you can fail and say “damn that didn’t go to plan but maybe this will work instead” then that means you’ve already succeeded at something- not giving up on yourself. So yay!! 

All in all the secret to success (or so I believe) is literally just believing you can do it and being able to understand your limits. 

But most of all: BE PROUD OF YOUR SUCCESS.

  

I Wish I Was A Mermaid

So I am booking swimming lessons and I am freaking out.

I wasn’t nervous until I had actually spoke to someone and they asked “how comfortable are you in the water.” and I replied with “uuuuuh comfortable and water don’t come in the same sentence with me. I want to be a mermaid but my tail doesn’t like being in the water.”

In hindsight I realise I sound a little less than sane, but hey. He laughed and I continued with “What I mean is I hate being submerged in the water and get scared when people come near me in the water…so you know… I’ll be a great student.”

In all honesty he was very lovely about it and said “don’t worry we have had a lot worse than mermaid tails that don’t like being in water. We’ll be sure to get you swimming- when do you want to start?”

I. Am. Freaking. Out.

Have I actually just decided to go to someone who is trained in dealing with awkward freaking out adults who can’t swim? Blimey… I think I need my fever checked. What if he actually expects me to SWIM? I did NOT think this through at all.

Wish I could just jump in and be all like “THE OCEAN IS MY HOME…I’M FREEEE” But instead I go “I’m drowning in the puddle! Heeeeeelp!!”

Basically guys I need some moral support here. Am I the only one that wants something improving then freaks out when it comes to the point of change? Surely I’m not the only one…right? right?

Oh God… I need a cuppa.

Time To Feel Sexy

So this morning I woke up and looked at myself as I prepared to go for a run. I thought I am not happy with the way I look. Not in a “oh god I’m so horrible I hate myself I’m going to go cry over my cup of tea this morning” kind of way. Just a simple “This is how I want to look” kind of way. So I have decided to take up a dancing class.

1- because I can’t dance for my life and it will be hilarious to watch me try. (Maybe I’ll post videos so you can all laugh at me. Honestly I don’t mind if you do. I would. I will.)

2- because I want to gain a skill. (going back to number 1…honestly…it’ll be great if i can.)

3- (the most important.) I want to feel good about myself and I honestly think that doing pole fitness will be the one to help make that happen.

Pole fitness is a great workout in many ways. It works out every muscle and helps strengthen them so they actually become strong rather than just toning to look good (though I hope that happens too.) It’s also a fairly low impact one so it won’t be bad for my knees (call the 1940’s they let me loose in the future. Such an old woman.)

Anyway if you guys have’t seen how amazing pole fitness looks just go onto Youtube. Seriously there are some mega talented people out there- one girl is only like 8 years old and she is basically my idol now. She did some amazing things on the pole and I can bet your bum that she is stronger than me too. I hope to be as good as the little gal one day!

So I have now set myself a task to do this to see if doing something like pole fitness or general dance classes can help you feel more positive about yourself.

Will update you when I take first lessons and such.

What talents do you guys wish you had? Let me know! Let’s see if we can share some secret tips!

Must dash! My tea is getting cold!