It's only been five days since I left Saint Louis and I find that hard to believe. It was just five days ago that I headed from Saint Louis to Lebanon and had a presentation at the library. Five days?
The past five days feel like a lifetime and I don't mean that in a bad way at all. It's just that being on the road like this I have lost my routines and schedule. Yesterday was Monday and I had no clue. Again, this isn't a bad thing or a good thing, it's just a, well, thing.
Anyway, I have given 7 presentations so far and the first one in Lebanon seems like a lifetime ago. I have met so many people and have heard so many stories that I know what I am doing is a cause well worth every second of my journey.
I often get asked in my presentations if I, "live alone" and while I say "no" I comment that I think I could do it as right now I am living in hotels and finding places to eat by myself. In fact, this on the road life isn't so bad. Granted I am growing tired of fast food, but there is a since of freedom that I can't fully explain. Maybe this feeling comes from the fact that I know people are listening to what I have to say and with each town visited my words are being heard.
The #1 thing that I have learned on this tour so far is that the need for world understanding on autism can't be stressed enough. Since you are reading this I'm sure you already know this, but I'll state in anyway that every doctor and every school system needs to not only be aware of the spectrum, but they need to understand it. How long will it take to bridge this gap of awareness to understanding? I'm not sure, but the more voices that are out there the faster it will be I hope. In any case it is this need that keeps me going down the road, mile after mile, giving my stories and experience, hoping that one day I can give a presentation about, "The days of when the spectrum wasn't understood." Someday!