How Rachel Platten Encouraged Me as an Autism Advocate


As someone on the autism spectrum, I’ve always wanted to be an advocate. I can’t speak for anyone other than myself, but I do hope by sharing my experiences, I might be able to help others. When I’m able to help people, it makes me feel amazing.

But the responses to being so open and honest are not always so wonderful. There are a lot of people online who don’t appreciate my views. Granted, they don’t have to agree with me. But sometimes the responses can make sharing my experiences downright scary or painful. There might be supportive people who stay quiet, and there can even be people who try to bring you down. It makes me wonder if what I’m sharing is worth the pain of the responses I  receive at times.

Many people may have heard of my favorite singer Rachel Platten’s music, including the famous “Fight Song.” But recently I listened to a podcast of hers. In the podcast, she opened up about the story behind some of her music. She even admitted to how scary it was to share the story because of how people may react. However, she decided to share it anyway. She said it shouldn’t matter what others think. She decided it is more important to be herself and be honest.

I instantly connected to this. I mean, let’s face it: it’s hard not to care about what other people think. But that fear of misunderstanding and disapproval will hold me back. It will keep me from being able to help others.

So thank you Rachel Platten, for reminding me how to be an advocate. Thank you for reminding me that I have a voice, and I should use it no matter how others might respond. Yes, it can be challenging at times. But in the end, the most important part is that I’m being true to myself.

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