What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Martin Luther King
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than yesterday. Abraham Lincoln
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
These quotes, especially the last one, inspire us to think. We all know what’s around the corner in April. World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd) and Autism Awareness Month. With it come groans, the requisite backlash against the entity “Autism Speaks”, and the usual mantra about how autism awareness should be year round. But really. What are you doing for World Autism Awareness Day or Autism Awareness Month? Anything?
Last year, we put up the “blue lights” on the house. It looked pretty good. Neither my husband nor I were approached at all. By anyone. About the lights. We actually hoped someone from the homeowner’s association would complain. Nada. No one could see my house when I went to work, took my son to preschool or went about my daily business. No one cared at night. Thinking did not result from “light it up blue”.
So, I thought, this year it has to be different. I want to make someone somewhere think about autism, become “aware”. I’m not, generally, a public speaker (unless I’m in a jury trial but that’s not happening in April). So, this year? I’m looking to generate some one on one social interaction by – not lighting up my house blue – but lighting myself up blue – I’m putting blue hair extensions in my hair for the whole month. As I am not 17 and I’m not 80 (yet) and an alleged “professional”, I’m thinking someone might want to know why I have blue hair.
Why hair extensions instead of dye? Well, according to the fabulous professional who does my hair, if I dyed my hair blue, it would turn green within 24 hours. Pre-dyed hair extensions will last the whole month, I’m told. I don’t know why there is a difference – I’m no chemistry major…
I’m going to hand out business cards to anyone who asks about my hair sending them to a page on my blog devoted to discussing “autism” as it affects my life and as I see the impact of it on my son. Of course, I will freely discuss it with all who are interested.
It looks like my pledge is being joined. So far, Jessica who guested posted here under “Adventures with Tootles” has committed to doing the same. Of course, at her age, it should be less of a conversation piece, but you never know. Tootles’ kindergarten teacher has become excited about the idea and expressed interest in doing the same.
So? Who amongst you reading this – oh don’t stop reading now – I know who you are – will commit to do this too?
I want those photos people! I want to have 100 people willing to dye their hair blue and talk about it – people willing to post their photos here and be tweeted and Facebook’ed to raise awareness. Don’t give me the whole Autism Speaks chose blue so I don’t want to…blah blah… Blue is it. Forget about what you think of that entity. This is a simple exercise in raising awareness.
If you do it and send me a photo, I will post it. Come on – you know you want to…
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.