This is my 799th blog post and once again I am in the midst of presenting to students. This has been something that has been becoming more and more common for me over the past six months and it's a group that I never would have thought I would ever present to much less a group that would hear my words.
I know I've written it before, but beyond a doubt I believe that talking to this group will have profound impacts that can't be measured. I had two smaller presentations at a small high school yesterday but the response was just the same and the questions were just as sharp.
Here's the thing, and this is so obvious that I feel bad writing it, but today's students are tomorrow's leaders. Yes, I know that was too obvious, but still it's true. Today's students are tomorrow's business owners, social workers, researchers and doctors. There was a student yesterday, maybe a junior, that is already working with a person with autism at Taekwondo. The questions she asked, and observations, were spot on and as I write this I wonder what the impact would have been if someone like myself did what I'm doing 40 years ago.
This is where the impact may not be able to be calculated. Also, I think back to yesterday's blog about being quiet about the sensory issues I had when I was younger. This is important because, if I would have felt more comfortable with who I was and from that, perhaps, I would have been more willing to speak about the issues I had. Another student came up to me and said he could relate to every story I told and concept I shared. If I had heard a speaker that sounded much like myself would I have opened up? Maybe, and if I had would years have been saved in misdiagnosis? Maybe so.
There's so many positives from spreading awareness and understanding to students that I wish I could speak to every student. Truly, on so many levels, I don't know if there is anything that I have done in my life that has had the same or more importance as presenting to students. Once again today I get the chance to stand in front of a classroom and share my story and insights. In fact, I get to do it five times, and I must say it's and odd feeling; to think that the place I most want to be now is the place that I did everything I could to avoid when I was a student. Like with most of the way my life has turned out I never would have thought that, nor would I have ever thought I'd have written 799 blog posts and yet here we are. I want to extend a MASSIVE thank you to all of those that have been reading for a long time, and also welcome those who are new, and here's to the next 799. As for today, I'm off to school.