As you go through your life you will meet people. There will be people and groups who drain your energy to be around, who you grit your teeth and force yourself to be nice to because that’s how Social Interaction is supposed to work. And there will be people and groups who genuinely fill you back up. You’ll sit with them and experience their presence and you’ll glow. You’ll feel better afterwards than you did before. You’ll feel included. You’ll feel seen. You’ll feel fulfilled.
This is true for everyone, but as autistic people we can forget that it is true for us.
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