Just for being…

It’s a challenge

Wearing a label

That includes you in a group

Of people who are often marginalized

And judged.

And knowing that the label

Is not entirely unfair, though it is…

Different. How you feel,

How you act, who you are.

A lifetime of convincing yourself

That different can be good.

And that you are.

But being uncertain of how many others

Actually believe that too.

Wondering, in any given moment

Was that response because I’m autistic?

Or was it just them,

Would they have been that way with anyone?

But knowing that it probably was

At least tinged by your label.

Just wishing for those people

Who would show you, that labels

Didn’t really matter to them,

And that you were good

Just for being you.

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