One of the most important pieces of advice I received was “Don’t compare yourself to others”. It can be so easy to get caught up in a spiral of negative comparisons, and this compounds self-doubt, making it harder to achieve your goals. Instead of putting your energy into seeking outside sources of validation, it’s important to turn the focus inward. Aim to become the best version of yourself that you can be, instead of a watered-down version of somebody else.
As someone who is neurodiverse, I spent a lot of my life struggling to fit in and getting frustrated at the things which made me different. I would find myself looking at someone and wondering “Why can’t I be like them?” This thinking didn’t serve me and kept me stuck. Once I shifted my perspective, and began to work with my true nature, instead of against it, everything became easier. I realized that by embracing the things which make you unique, and accepting your authentic self, you can build up the strength, resilience, and courage necessary to discover and follow your true purpose.
Meet Our Contributor — Renee is an advocate, an innovator, and an educator. Since founding two successful virtual schools in Arizona, she has continued to develop her commitment to education, inclusivity, and diversity with Theara, an organization which supports neurodiverse people from infancy to graduation and beyond. Theara is the integration of Renee’s passion for wellness, education, and neurodiversity.