We all have filters that impact how we view the world. No two people view the universe the same. It’s what makes us unique and beautiful as human beings. These filters explain why we act the way we do, and why we perceive things the way we do. For me, one of my filters is autism. Autism is the very way I view the world and the very way I interact with people.
I struggle with social cues. I struggle with my words at times. I struggle with sensory issues. I can’t process these things with a neurotypical filter, and so I have to make adaptations in order to function in the world. I stim with my hands in order to regulate myself. I rock or sway in order to help the too much become less much.
I have learned how to cope with my filter over the years. It doesn’t make it any easier, but it does make coping easier. There isn’t a me without the filter, there’s just a me who has learned how to adapt.