Strings, Sticks, and Reflections

Strings, Sticks, and Reflections

Strings, Sticks, and Reflections

Have you ever felt upset with yourself for being too distracted? Glory to the objects around me; I am invited to be distracted every other minute.

Wonder who invites me? There are so many everyday things that distract me, derail me, tire me, and finally shut me down. 

Let me name some of these super villains for you: strings, sticks, mirrors, furry surfaces, thread, cables, spoons, cushions, brushes, puzzle pieces, coins, hooks, lids, stickers, dusters, tissues, and the list goes infinitely on and on. 

Don’t forget to add self-created bodily loops, smells, noises, and glowing visuals to this mix. It is okay to have distractions in life, but I need to find my life within distractions. 

How would you feel if 99 percent distractions ruled your world? I feel that all the time. How am I supposed to eat in peace, sleep in peace, play in peace, learn in peace, overall live in peace?


If you ever find me curled up into a ball, just know this is my fancy world, just way too fancy.


Hasan was only asked by the parent about what he would like this article to be called. With just that question at the beginning of the exercise, the whole piece is typed by Hasan letter by letter, without any external prompts or suggestions. He wrote this in three sittings. He used every possible opportunity to communicate despite all the challenges and sensory distractions the body offered.

Hasan Ahmed

About the Author

Call him “H”.
“H” likes good people, stories and travel.
“H” can hear.
“H” can listen.
“H” can question.
“H” can learn.
“H” can openly discuss.
“H” can play.
“H” can make mistaking-ly horrible boo-boos.
What works with “H” is some trust, love and laughter.
Next time you see me, try trusting my words. Not my body.

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