Today we pause & remember the events of September 11th!! It was a peaceful night on September 10th 2011 but the world would soon change just a few hours later. American Airlines & United Airlines were the 2 airlines involved that dreadful day! American flight 11 was scheduled to fly from Boston Logan to LAX. United flight 175 was also flying from Boston Logan to LAX at 8:46 EST AA flight 11 hit the north tower. At 9:03 am EST UA flight 175 hit the south tower. Also AA flight 77 was flying from Washington Dulles to LAX. It hit the Pentagon at 9:37 am EST. UA flight 93 was flying from Newark to San Francisco however it crashed in a field in Shanksville Pennsylvania at 10:03 am EST. Nearly 2,996 people lost their lives & over 6,000 people were injured. It was a dark day in American history. I am reminded about that day when I walk into work. So many people became heroes on that day. Neighbors helped neighbors. We all remember that day. I am reminded of President Roosevelt & his words that he said after Pearl Harbor. He said “This day will live in infamy!” September 11th will never be the same. We were all changed. The whole world came together that fateful day!!! May we never forget the sacrifices that were made!!!
That word above carries so much weight!!! It’s tough, it masks our true self, it can take over. Sometimes you don’t want to do anything, it’s like you want to lay in bed all day!! Celebrities like Robin Williams & numerous others have fought against it. Let me tell you my story if you will. I wrote an entry this morning about autism. I am 34 years old & I am autistic. I have never been in a relationship either. I had a brother. I have 2 sisters & I am close to one & the other i don’t know what she is doing. The last time I saw her was at my brothers funeral!!! My brother took his own life & I have talked about it at length here. I don’t know why he did what he did but I know he was in prison for quite a while. His name was Justin. I got a tattoo on my right wrist to remember him by. It’s a semi colon like this ;!! I am not the oldest but I am the 2nd youngest out of 4. I struggled in school with math. I was good at English & reading. In fact I remember the teacher calling me to read to class. I actually try to read daily. I have the Kindle app on my phone & I love it. I currently have 6 books by my bedside that I read a chapter a day!! I didn’t go to college. I am on my 5th job & I love this job. The reason I am writing this post now is because I battle depression. There are days where I will go home & cry myself to sleep. I battle people at work that love to attack me. There are days that I don’t want to get up & go to work but yet I persist!!! One of my friends battles depression & we have talked about it. She is a fighter & I applaud people that battle daily. It’s good to have a support system as well. I am blessed to have some good people around me that I can easily let them know that I am struggling, they won’t hesitate to talk to me about it. One thing I will say is if you are struggling reach out. We all have bad days, some more than others. I promise you that there are people that care about you. I may not know the person that will read this but know this I am there for you. I will listen!!! I close with this the literary great Hemingway once said “No man is an island!” You will never be alone I will be by your side!!! Thank you all so much. This series will continue
Autism!!! What do you think of when you see or hear the word autism? Well for me it’s personal!! I am autistic!! You see individuals on the spectrum often experience difficulties with social communication & interaction; & restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. Symptoms are typically recognized between 1 & 2 years of age. Long term issues may include difficulties in performing daily tasks & also creating & keeping relationships & maintaining a job!!! It is estimated that between 64% & 91% of risk is due to family history. One of the things that I used to do was line up my cars down the hallway. If anyone of my siblings messed with them then I would usually scream & or cry. Another thing that autists do is have trouble making eye contact. I have a form of autism known as Aspergers Syndrome!!! I listed some famous people that had it. One person that may have it is Bill Gates & Warren Buffet & even Dennis Rodman. I know that Edison, Tesla & Newton & Einstein all supposedly were diagnosed. One thing that rings true with me is that people with AS are often the target of bullying behavior. Another thing that rings true is a fixation on a particular subject, for me it’s Red Sox baseball. One thing I want to address personally is the fact that I get called “Rainman” I know that Dustin Hoffman played an autistic savant. You see not all of us are like that. I am proud to be autistic, I just ask that you treat me with the same respect that you treat others. Another thing I want to address is NT = Neurotypical!!! You see these are people that don’t have the diagnosis of autism. I know many people that are NT’s. Some are great & some are not that great. I try to get along with others but sometimes it’s tough because for me in my opinion, I find it hard to fit in. To make friends at times, to deal with certain circumstances. The thing I want to say to you is be patient!!! Thank you all. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I won’t bite. Next time we will tackle another special needs issue!!! Once again thanks for reading this blog post!!!
I have decided to do a series so to speak about different special needs!!! Like down syndrome & autism & others. The reason being is that the “r” word is rearing it’s ugly head once again!!! As many of you know I despise the “r” word. I wish people wouldn’t use it during speech. So let’s start with Special Needs!!! As we know the term special needs is used to describe individuals who require assistance for disabilities like medical, mental & or psychological issues. Special needs cover the gamut from autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, dyslexia, blindness & ADHD, & cystic fibrosis. Also it can include cleft lips/ palates, port wine stains & or missing limbs. The types vary in severity & a student is classified as being a severe case whem the iq is between 20 & 35!!! The statistics show that as of 2005 that there are 18.5% of students in the US that are classified as such. That’s over 13.5 million!!! One thing that I have noticed in my opinion is that it’s hard to make friends!! I will go into more detail tomorrow when we tackle autism!!! Something that I am very familiar with!!! Thanks y’all for reading part 1. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!!!
I know I haven’t posted in a while because of stuff, however I want to introduce you to a fantastic writer, a great gal, a good friend. This is her site http://sweatpantsandtopknots.com/ she is awesome, I love her style of writing. Her name is Kathleen. She shares relatable stories. I have read most of her stuff & she hits you in the feels so to speak. She knows how to get you hooked. Go check her out why don’t you!!!
Why the title well it’s Latin & bonus points if you figure it out. I love the title of this blog, it’s pretty poingnant. So http://www.afiercemind.com that link will take you to who I strongly believe is a fantastic writer, she is an incredible person, a great mother & she is awesome, her name is Ashley. Plus she is a free lance graphic designer as well. Then we have a fantastic writer in her own right I linked her book recently. She is an amazing gal as well. I have some other friends that dabble in other things like Kacee, Maria, Shar, Molly & Bri & Emmy. These people are all incredible, kind & totally awesome. I will tell you. Another person who is a fantastic writer is Melissa her blog is http://www.boldlybeagley.blog it’s a great blog, she talks about everything y’all. Until next time Carpe Diem
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