Traveling the world as an autistic

Traveling the world as an autistic


My love for food is a blessing and a curse. I love all types of food that are meant for the soul. The love is how my palate morphs into a palette of colors and flavors. They make my fancy dreams come true. Hope fills my heart as my imagination soars into the universe of food possibilities. Privilege becomes a treasured friend as access to a rich variety of food is always within reach. Openness to different foods and cultures is a gift bestowed by the family that I will continue to wear as my proudest inheritance.

The dream becomes a nightmare as love turns into greed. The greed combines with the mind body disconnect to create the perfect storm that the kitchen pantry or the refrigerator has no chance against. The love for food turns into a crusade of self destruction. As the stomach screams to stop, the hands and mouth might very well be on a different planet. Life is challenging when your love becomes treacherous.

The sun will rise. Life will take a different turn. The association of food and love will live happily in harmony forever after.

Swarit Gopalan

About the Author

I am an 11-yr old autistic, nonspeaker that uses letterboard to spell/keyboard to type to communicate.I live with my family in Florida and go to Invictus Academy for school. 
I find a lot of solace in expressing myself through poetry. Music and nature also help me stay in the present, there is nothing better for me than to have my movement create a symphony with nature and to truly enjoy the sights and sounds. Living in harmony with nature is my life’s mission.
Right from the time of diagnosis, we are only told about all things we cannot or will not be able to do. Along with the check that is written to the doctor for the diagnosis, it often feels like our agency is written off too, especially without a reliable communication mechanism.  
Time to change the paradigm with more non speaker voices. It has always been a dream to share my thoughts and perspectives with the world so that I can be one of the catalysts to creating a better understanding of non speakers in general. 
My hope is that my words will help change the world from sympathy and pity for those like me to one of deeper understanding of our lives and allyship to ensure our rights.

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