2018 - the year I want to make a difference for neurodiversity

The change I want to make for neurodiversity

So much can happen in a year, and this year I am hoping to have an eventful one. 

A common question I was asked last year was “What do you want to do?". I found it difficult to tell others what I was thinking as I felt it wouldn’t come across in the way I wanted, but I did write it down. Re-reading what I wrote, I can see that my hopes for 2018 closely align with what I wrote. Now I just need to work out what I am going to do to make it happen.

July 2017

I am tired of trying to jump through hoops. Don't tell me I need to change, take time to understand me and think about how best to work with me.

I need to find a better way of finding help when things are not going to plan.

I need to find a way to focus on what I want to say - thinking about why I am telling people things and what I am trying to achieve.

I want to help my team, and others, grow.

I want to be involved in work that I find interesting and challenging.

I want to be thought of as delivering something of value.

I want to feel appreciated and valued

I want to make a difference.

January 2018

This is the year I start to make a difference - for me, my family, at work and possibly a little further afield.

For 6 months I have been talking about establishing neurodiversity at work, and becoming a spokesperson for the importance of neurodiversity and embracing people's differences rather than trying to make them fit a mould that is not right for them. This is the year I turn my words into action.

For too long I have struggled with the anxiety of not living up to social expectations or fitting in with others, to the extent that I have become my own worse critic each time I struggle in socially demanding situations.

Last year I discovered that there can be another way for me. A way where I can achieve my career goals without trying to be someone else. 

I brought about my own reasonable adjustments. This involved opening up and talking to the people close to me about situations I find challenging and working out what I need to thrive. It has made a difference. I feel less pressure to try to be someone I am not, and it turns out that people appreciate my honesty. I have also learnt that people are more understanding when I explain in advance. As a result, my anxiety is lower and I feel more comfortable with the people around me.

This is the me that I want to embrace. This is the change that I want to help bring about for other people (if they want it). This is what I want to do.

I am hopeful in my boldness, even when my legs shake at the thought of what I am wanting to achieve.

Here’s to my little dream becoming a reality.

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