>Let me first point this out, lest you overlook it: the following requires a great amount of theory of mind to write 🙂
If you asked other people in “real life” what they think of when they think of me, they might say cats, and… oh, I’m getting stuck already!… Diet Mountain Dew, and purple, and Disney, and Elsie, and candid honesty, and autism… okay, I think that’s enough to make my point. This is racking my brain!
My point is, though, that people will probably never say anything like “assertive.” Or “stands up for herself.” Yeah, not much of that goes on here.
I’ve been called the r-word and I know people who have intellectual disabilities, and the few times I’ve heard the r-word said in public, I couldn’t get my words together fast enough to defend them, me, us, anyone. I’m pretty ashamed to admit that, but it’s the truth. And if I can’t stand up for others, imagine trying to stand up for myself. It’s even worse.
But I’ve decided something. I’ve figured out the words, so that won’t be an issue, and this is what I’m going to say…
The next time someone either asks, “But don’t you want to/think you should lose weight?” (and we’re talking not doctors here. My, uh… former… BSS is the most recent example.), I’m going to say: “Actually, I’m beautiful and perfect just the way I am. My nutritionist and doctors say that I’m healthy. If people disagree, I guess it’s going to be their problem, because I’m happy. But thanks for your concern.”