Do not hide

When I was 3 years old, I was in the waiting room of the pediatrician with my mother. There were children’s books available, so I picked one and started reading it to my mother.

One shocked mother asked my mother, OMG can she read? How old is she? My mother told her no, no, she can’t, of course not, we have the same book at home, she knows it by memory.

I soon learned that I could not seem different to other children. I soon learned to pretend, and I kept pretending my whole life.

We are all different in many ways, some differences are physical and you can see them, but some are not.

Many of us are neurodivergent or neuroatypical:

When an individual diverges from the dominant societal standards of “normal” neurocognitive functioning.

Whichever your difference, don’t make the same mistake that I made. Sooner or later, you will regret the time that you wasted pretending to be what you were not.

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