Hi everyone! It is Isabella again! Today I would like to talk about what it is like to date and meet people as a teenager with a disability. It is hard to have self confidence when you are a teenager. Why is everybody so dang mean? It is really hard to have high self esteem in a world full of people putting you down constantly.
I would hear a lot of comments from people saying that a lot of boys would like me if I was not autistic. Who wants to date a retard with all of these pretty normal girls around? I would be pretty if I did not do crazy things to my hair. Boys will never like a girl who likes superheroes and skateboards. Eww, is that a nose ring? You look like a retard too! You play too many sports to be a girl. No guy wants a girl who is 6 feet tall. You are a walking freak show. The only reason a boy will pretend to like you is for a joke or because you are rich.
What I have learned is it does not matter. People are going to like who you are or they like something else. My boyfriend loves my crazy hair, my sports, my clothes, and that I can stand up for myself if needed. It turns out teenage boys like girls they can do things with besides holding their purse.
Meeting others is hard for people without a disability too. Be confident that you are awesome the way you are now. My mom says people like me because I do not need them to like me. I am happy with myself because I am being myself. I am not girly girl but I am a good person. You do not need to like me or anything about me. I love who I am and that is all that matters.