It’s important to know who you are. As you grow to understand yourself, your awareness allows you to shape yourself. This in turn, creates self-acceptance and love. Knowing yourself protects you from those who would seek to take advantage of you. THIS is why I share who I am, because while diversity and inclusion are a big “to do” in society – many are still too scared to step out and say “This is me.” I’ve got one life to live, and I refuse to live it feeling ashamed or having regrets.
I’m Jessica Cox. I’m 30 years old and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Every day of my life I battle anxiety directly related to social interactions and the need for everything to be within my control. I have panic attacks, sensory overload and most of the time I’m in a heightened state of awareness that I just can’t explain….
Yes, I chose a career that normally doesn’t work well for a person with my challenges. My job requires a lot of communication, flexibility and social interaction. Some days I come home and I shut down. Some days I come home, and I am wound up. My career pushes me, drives me, inspires me, challenges me and scares me all at the same time. And I’m only just getting started.
To all the people who believe that Autism prevents individuals from great achievements, I’d like to tell you that you’re wrong. The only thing that can get in the way of greatness, is the person who limits the outcome.
I dream big. I achieve greatness. I celebrate. And then I repeat.
It’s not ever easy, but it is always worthwhile.