I saw this quote on The Joy of Autism today. It’s from Audre Lorde.
“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
I doubt she had parents of autistic children in mind at the time, but if she had the strength of conviction and determination to say these words given everything she faced, I have no excuses to make for myself.
When you’re the parent of an autistic child and your strength, determination, and conviction about doing however much work it takes to help your child realize their full potential starts taking over inside of you, you realize that this precious child in front of you is your vision.
Before her death, Audre Lorde took the name Gambda Adisa, meaning Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known.
If that doesn’t give you goosebumps when you think about your child, go back and read it again until it does.