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Everyday things I can't do - how #autisticadults have to negotiate a difficult world, a thread. #autism #autistic #Neurodiversity please share widely. /1
1. Get a haircut. I hate having long hair. I also hate getting my hair cut. The sensory issues are massive - too much going on around my head, bright lights, uncomfortable chair, staring at mirror. Add to that the small talk and fear of a silly result, and its awful. /2
2. Take a different route. I feel physically unwell if I consider walking or driving a different way to the norm. It literally unsettles me terribly, and I will go to ludicrous lengths to avoid it. #autism /3
3. Insert a tiny one-off job into my morning or night time routine. Anything at all, it'll either not happen or cause me such stress I ignore it completely and forget about it, possibly fof ever. #autism /4
4. Make a phone call. Nope. Nopenopenopenope. /5
5. Go to a different cafe or shop. I have my few that I know and like. Beyond that, I have to be feeling exceptionally perky and energised to consider trying something new. /6
6. Have a slightly contentious conversation. Even a tiny amount of disagreement can make me feel like a world war is breaking loose. I panic and things get very silly. #autism /7
7. Small talk. I can just about do football talk (trouble with arsenal is, they always try to walk it in) but beyond that I'm at a loss and will be trying to escape the conversation by any means necessary. #autism /8
8. Eye contact. I mean, I can, but I'd really rather not, but I'm so used to making myself do it now that I'm worried I do it *too much*, so then I stop but then panic and think quick look at them before they realise you're *WEIRD* #autism /9
9. Eating in public. Again, I *can* do it, but I hate it so so much. There's something very vulnerable about eating when people can see you, like I half expect to be punched in the back of the head while biting a chunk off an apricot. #autism /10
10. Take a taxi. I'll avoid this at all costs as I hate the experience. Again there's the small talk, the lack of control, but also the constant nagging terror that you're going to be taken to the wrong place and then tell the driver. #autism /11
11. Complain in a restaurant. See number 6 above - this is the very definition of a contentious conversation and its not something I can merrily do. I'll sit eating lukewarm peas, and nod happily when the surly waiter asks if it's OK. #autism /12
12. Ask for help in a supermarket. I overthink it, and spend ages building up the courage to do it, only to approach them and then veer off like a drunk if they spot me coming and smile encouragingly. #autism /13
13. Plan ahead for a social occasion. I'll just let it approach silently, like an effective assassin, until its suddenly upon me and I have a quiet meltdown on my way to it, when I just give up, turn around, go home and eat a pizza on my own. #autism /14
14. Have a proper shower at someone else's house. This isn't such a regular thing nowadays, but back when a student and staying over at people's, I'd panic about using the shower as it was somehow too familiar a thing to do in a friend's house. Felt like using their oven. /15
15. Not following the instructions absolutely perfectly when first building a Lego set. Even those things that can really go anywhere, I have to place exactly as they are on the printed instructions. #autism /16
16. Going to the doctors without being cajoled to by other concerned people. It just doesn't occur to me. If I'm ill or in pain, that's just how my life is now. It's a very fatalistic outlook. #autism /17
17. Going to the dentist. DON'T TOUCH MY TEETH YOU RICH BASTARD... ahem... I just don't like people fiddling in my mouth. #autism /18
I would like to say though that much of this is a bit tongue in cheek, like it's not life threateningly difficult, but there are plenty of #autistic people who have things so much harder than this, and need to be represented, so feel free to add to this thread as needed. /19
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