Knowledge is power, so they say. I’m very out of practice with doing mental health presentations so I was invited to speak to a Government department today about autism and the effect that it has had on me throughout my life.
For confidentiality reasons, I’m not allowed to disclose who the Government department is or where it was. All I can say is that I was invited to speak to about 40 staff, and it was important for me to get my message across.
And I was really happy with how it went. There was polite applause at the end and several people commented on how good it was. If they knew that I spent a good few minutes last night scrabbling around trying to find my aide memoire that I use for presentations. Eventually I found it and I hope that it was of some use to the people who listened. If we can all understand better those with mental illness whose everyday lives are a struggle, then the better off we’ll all be.
And then I went off to watch cricket on a blissful, sunny day. It’s been a good day. There’s been very few of those in 2019, so I’m going to make the most of it. Because I know that there’s always trouble lurking at every turn. I have to be wary, but I’ve survived before and I’ll survive again. If I didn’t have volunteering, cricket and the like, I wouldn’t be here. So I have to make the most of the good days.