An outing without a meltdown

This past week I reached another milestone in my quest to control my Autism.  I went to a major sporting event without having any sensory interference.

Growing up before receiving an official diagnosis I shied away from places that had massive crowds and noise.  A simple trip to the local store use to be like a prison sentence for me.  Most people will not understand this but everything in my surrounding environment felt like a giant waterfall of obnoxious noise, sights, and scents.  I mentally could not process the stimuli at the rate it was coming towards me.  As I result I almost always shut down, or covered my ears and started crying.

I must admit that at first I was afraid I may have made an impulsive decision which I would end up regretting.  When I recieved the invitation I immediately said “YES” with out any consideration to where the event was.  It was only after I gave a response that I sat down hours later to evaluate what I had just agreed to.

On the day of the event I was feeling excited and anxious at the same time.  I wanted to experience something new without drawing any negative  attention to myself.  I also did not have a positive mind frame at first because when I got to the arena it was already packed and in my head I said ” OH CRAP! This is going to be a total disaster!”   Much to my surprise  once I found my seat next to my cousin I focused only on the game in front of me and not on the booming cheers that were going on everywhere. I could not believe how many hours had past because before I knew it I had to leave and go home.

Thank You for reading!

Autistic Female


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