People like Swedish climate change campaigner, Greta Thunberg, who lives with Autism should be an inspiration to us all. Afterall, even one person can help make a difference
FOR over a years now, Greta Thunberg has managed to achieve quite a bit, from sailing from the UK to America just to take part in a summit, spoke at public events and spoken at numerous conferences. Yes, all that within the space of a year and a bit. As far as I’m concerned, she has done more for political causes than half of our politicians put together and that really is saying something.
Now Greta is only a teenager who happens to live with a learning disability, which I myself am all too familiar with, but she is an inspiration to both people with a disability to young people everywhere.
Autism is a learning disability in which the brain is wired differently, you see things differently, some of your behavioural characteristics are different and you find comfort in routine. But that is just various parts of the spectrum and an analysis based on my own experiences from what I can remember growing up. At one end of the spectrum you have those who can live life pretty much as near normal as you can. Whereas at the other end you have those who need constant supervision, medication, therapy and support, they are the ones who sadly can never ever lead an independent life, and in some ways forever remain child-like in their mentality.
Now I know I am not painting an amazing picture but sometimes when you tell stories like this, even if they are based on real-life moments you have to be prepared to mention the miserable side of things.
I suppose that in many ways, and probably like Greta’s as well, I am quite lucky because I was on the mild end of the spectrum and therefore can live a fairly normal…. ish life. But if we can go back to what someone like her has achieved, she is very passionate about what she does and how she can help others. When I heard that she was sailing all the way to New York, over three thousand miles I thought ‘good on you, go for it’, but my main concern was if she would ever have to meet up with Donald Trump. He who thinks that global warming is a conspiracy thought up by South East Asia in an attempt to savatage business. Seriously, how stupid can you actually get? On second thoughts don’t answer that as I don’t think I want to know the answer from someone who looks like they’ve survived an explosion in a tanning salon.
Going back to earlier on though in regards to her devotion to climate change and the environment, that is why people like Greta should be in inspiration to all of us. Even those who live with a disability like Autism as it can show that having a condition like that should never hold you back, and it needn’t be used against you either.
On the whole it definitely helps to have more people such as Greta, and with her problems, helping people to campaign on behalf of worthy causes. I mean after all; we might find ourselves having to turn both her and many others like her in times of crisis. Living with autism should not be an excuse for a social write-off but instead should be met with both social and positive embrace cos even someone with her stature can make big changes.
So next time we look at someone like Greta Thunberg, rather than write her off as some young, naive girl we should be learning from her. I mean after all, take a look at what she has done and achieved in just a few short months in this actual year alone. Utterly extraordinary. Both a national and international hero and inspiration to a great many of us when it comes to acting on issues that affect all of us in one way or another.