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Living to #TranscendLabels
Diagnosed with Autism...but Autism doesn't have me.
- My mom was advised I'd need additional training in Driver's Ed. I didn't. 
- My therapist theorized I'd want to live with my parents the rest of my life. I didn't. 
- I was told I'd need special accommodations for test-taking in school. I refused. 
I was told I had a gift. I agreed, and I used it.
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"If you have a gift, why not open it?"
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What Do I Mean to #TranscendLabels?
We create and use labels very often. We use them with political parties, with personality traits, with racism, with sexual orientation, with food habits, with medical diagnoses, etc.
They give us a feeling of security. They reinforce what we wish to understand more about versus what we don’t. They provide a sense of community among those who share the same beliefs and values. 
But I’ve found the more labels we continue to create, the more limitations we set for understanding ourselves, others, and the world around us. Now instead of the individual, we have a category. Instead of having multiple political views, we have a party to choose. Instead of understanding someone's emotions, we have a diagnosis.
I wouldn't be where I am today if I kept saying: 
- "It's because I have Autism..."
- "It's because I have a disorder..."
- "It's because I'm an Introvert..."
- "It's because I can't eat Vegan..."

When we transcend our labels and the ones we're told about who we are, you soon see how much in this life you are capable of. #TranscendLabels ❤️
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