I know throughout this blog I’m going to be talking a lot about the curses of Autism, but what if I told you that there were blessings that are a part of it too?
Yeah, that’s right! There are blessings that Autism comes with too!
After all, God uses what the enemy meant for evil and turns it around for our good. And in Romans 8:28 the Bible says that ALL things work together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
I know, I know, this whole blog is about overcoming Autism, but I am one of those people that have to look to the positive. I had to learn this in my journey.
Let me explain.
The first blessing that my family and I noticed was my ability to memorize… A LOT! I have done theatre my whole life and from the very beginning I was able to memorize everyone’s lines. My theatre teacher in high school always knew she could count on me. Like this one time, someone quit the show one week before a competition and she put me in a lead role. I ended up nailing it!
The next blessing is honesty. I’m serious! I have no filter… I will tell you how it is. I am painfully honest even when you don’t want to hear it. You never have to wonder what I am feeling. It drives others up the wall, but I’m thankful.
The last blessing is passion. When I feel strongly about something, I go all in! I am persistent and bullheaded. There was once a time that I wanted to be an EMT, I told everyone that I was going to be an EMT. People doubted me because of my Autism, but in 2014, I did it!!
I love to prove people wrong!
While there are a lot of things about Autism that are really hard to deal with… there are also blessings that I am so thankful for!
Remember, God loves you and so do I!!
Hannah Benson — known for her big heart, her kindness, and her eagerness to serve — is the author of the Overcoming Autism blog.
Hannah was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 14, and now uses this media platform as a way to reach out to those living with Autism and other handicaps. Hannah shares tips and coping skills for those with Autism and for family and friends of those who have been diagnosed; she also relates her life to stories in the Bible and chronicles the lessons she’s learned along her journey.
Hannah Benson can be found on Instagram @hannah_benson94 or on Facebook on the Overcoming Autism Hannah’s Story.