Shoutout to all the weird kids
To the kids that everyone called weird or strange or worse
To the kids who were/are being bullied by their peers
To the autistic and ADHD kids who are mocked for their stims
To the autistic kids who are bullied for not understanding sarcasm/being gullible
To the ADHD kids who are punished for not being able to sit still
To the autistic kids who are mocked for their meltdowns
To the kids who are segregated from the “normal” kids
To the adults who are still recovering from the abuse they faced at the hands of their peers
To the adults who still feel like weirdos and freaks and still hear their voices echoing in our heads
To the adults who don’t remember their childhoods because of all the abuse we faced for daring to be different
You’re not weird or strange or bad. You are different and that is beautiful. I know it may not seem that way right now. I know how much it hurts to be singled out and abused for your natural way of being. I know how hard you try to hide your differences to avoid the torment. I know how much you suffer for suppressing your natural behaviors.
But, your differences are something to be admired and embraced. You are so beautiful and unique. Your stims are a marvelous and something to be celebrated. Your way of seeing the world may not fit with how others see things but that is part of what makes you so special.
One day, you will find people who expect you as you are. One day, you will find people who don’t just tolerate you but celebrate all the things that make you “weird”. One day, you will find peace with yourself and be able to accept yourself. One day, you will walk the road of recovery, leaving behind all the painful taunts, all the bullying and abuse. One day, you will find healing and hope.