Story of My Life Pt. 7 by Jake McClintick 1/2/19
I am excited about the new year. So like my new desk and work area. Lots of anger leaving, awesome to not feel so trapped. Maybe I am good at something after all! Mom says that I might help others.
Good anger is leaving. So not like to feel so mad about having autism. Maybe autism is the “appreciate so much more everything” life. Friends like me really like so much to have great life, gigantic hurdles to get there.
Not my reality life most people have, can’t stop my thoughts. Makes my mind hard to live with, really hard to have peaceful (not mad) thoughts.
My most important goal is to be kind to others. Might need more life acceptance to not have this anger that always stays in my mind. Not my autism, dealing with my anger about autism like to get better at.
Got to leave my anger really another life in the past.
At the age of 22 Jake began expressing his very personal thoughts and feelings more fluently with me (his mom), and it was his idea to begin writing “The Story of My Life” one day. This was his seventh entry to that story. He is diagnosed with severe autism as well as intermittent explosive disorder. He has given me permission to share his story and our conversations. He continually expresses his desire to “find purpose” to his life…I hope his willingness to share will help others learn about this misunderstood condition known as “autism” that has so much to teach us all.
I thank you for sharing your thoughts I keep a journal of my thoughts too.
Thank you for writing! It helps to know thoughts! I have. Been sick. Better now Will call soon.
These entries are amazing. I know he is helping others because his words help me to think more carefully about my life and the life of students I work with. I hope to see all these entries bound up into a book at some point later when Jake has told all he has to tell (for now). He is an amazing young man and I know he is so grateful for your patience and support…thanks for sharing what is so deeply personal!
Hi Jake, Hello from Australia!
I think you may have found your purpose in life without realising it… telling your story, writing about your thoughts and feelings, sharing it with the rest of the world…. that is your unique gift to us. Showing the world that autism might sometimes trap you inside yourself, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have something to say. You are a valuable, important voice for those without autism, and a shining light of hope for those with autism and their loved ones. Keep on shining bright mate. Sending you love and thanks. Keep up the good workx
Keep up the good work young man. It’s ok to take your time and breathe. You know what I to do when I get angry or upset? Dance. I just turn on the music and act like no-one is watching. You can’t be upset or angry if you’re doing the funky chicken 🐔😂 Keep on putting words to your feelings. It is very relaxing. Have a good day and Thank you for Sharing.
Jake, Thank you for sharing your powerful words. I pray your post is shared to many families who have someone who is experiencing autism! Then they too will find freedom to speak like you have found! Keep writing Jake!
Hi Jake! Every morning I post a Thought on Facebook. My purpose is to lift up the reader. In doing this it makes my day more positive. Please know that you are a very special child of God’s. God does not make mistakes. God has a purpose for all of us. I believe God is touching your life in this amazing Journey of writing and sharing. *** Your Grandmother (Dianne) is a friend of mine. I have a Grandson (Gabriel) who has ADHD. He is 17 and struggles with School. He has trouble concentrating, and sometimes it is very difficult for him to control his temper. I pray for him and you every morning. God has a bright future planned for both of you. Keep on keeping on. I will be planning a Thought just for you. Your Grandmother will know it when she see it on Facebook. xoxoxo
Thank-You Nan-C, I will read this to Jake too! Tara
Jake and Tara:Sometimes I write too! You both have inspired me so much! Telling our story is our purpose I think! I am so proud to say I was your teacher a long time ago,Jake. You were my teacher too! We learned together! Now we share our selves using our thoughts and words. That is our gift to the world : we both share our thoughts. Yes to words and feelings!!!!!