Wisdom from David Patten

What I have found through a tumultuous and difficult early life is that acceptance is the road to freedom.

Because of my inability to function “normally,” I was not able to fit in to mainstream society. In the eyes of the culture and consequently my own eyes, I was flawed. I tried over and over again to figure out how I was going to be part of society… get a job, an education, have a family. But no matter how hard I tried to think my way out, I always ended up in the same place. No different than I was.

The truth is, my mind was a liar and the strategies it created promising a different reality did not work. There was utter futility in trying to figure anything out in the hopes that something might change, but my mind kept on trying… planning, thinking, pushing.

The noise of this chatter inside my head was debilitating, always telling me that I was this or that horrible thing, and that I had to BE a certain way in order to survive and be accepted in this world. After years and years of this I was so exhausted that I finally gave up and fell into my broken heart. I was forced to accept my life as it was….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

David is the author of Dummy: A Memoir, about his early life on the Autistic Spectrum and his shift from despair to self acceptance and freedom.

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Jean Wall
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Cheryl I.
Past Member 3 years ago

Noted, thanks.

Cheryl I.
Past Member 3 years ago

Noted, thanks.

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis3 years ago

I've learned to just stay away from emotionally unsafe people! Unfortunately, that's about all there is in the world so I pretty much stay to myself cuz I don't like most people! I'm not perfect by any means but its just easier to do this rather than stay all riled up constantly.

Sue H.
Sue H.3 years ago

I think that the struggle for self acceptance may be a life long journey as we keep growing/changing. ?

Allison Hayward
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you Gail

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Thanks Gail.

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti3 years ago

Acceptance is good.