A Little Bit About Me:
The word “neuro-divergent” is somewhat misleading because the reality is that we are all a little divergent from one another. No one thinks exactly like another. Divergent means diverse and we are all unique and diverse in the way that we see the world around us. And although we can’t know exactly what it is like to walk in another’s shoes, we can understand another person’s sadness, pain, discouragement, and struggles. We can learn about a person’s story ie., where they are from, what they feel defines them, what they need, and where they want to go.
Through these differences and similarities, we’re able to communicate and connect with others in the most meaningful ways. My mission and path, I’ve always felt, has been to work to care, to listen, to encourage, to lift up, and to support those from all walks of life.
For a lot of my life, I moved around to different parts of our country and across oceans. While I loved learning about the beauty of diversity, I couldn’t stay in any one place long enough to learn how to fit in. I rarely had the opportunity to really get to know people or to form meaningful connections. I spent many years feeling socially awkward and out of place, like I was different from everyone else,
However, after years of struggling with this I came to a point in my life when I learned to see the strength and the beauty I had within myself. I learned to appreciate the differences and recognize that I had something to offer this world. We each have something good to offer this world.
You have the ability to rise above challenges!
You have the strength within you to weather through life’s storms, defeat feelings of discouragement, and win the battle over doubt. There is hope even when things seem hopeless and there is clarity when we are surrounded in confusion. We all have strength and beauty within ourselves but there are times in life when we need someone to show us what it looks like and how to find it.
It can be hidden by difficult memories, stressful events, and unfair circumstances but it is present in every one of us. Sam J. Miller is quoted as saying,”We are not our trauma. We are not our brain chemistry. That’s part of who we are, but we’re so much more than that.” What a beautiful truth!