This post also appears on the Flash Blog site, which you should totally be looking at.
And I thought, and I thought.
It's hard to come up with a universal should for any group, and part of the problem that Autistic people face is that people tell us what to do.
Autistic people should stim more?
That's kind of true, but a friend of mine basically wrote that. He didn't call it that, but he wrote it. It's going to be linked here, once it's posted.
Autistic people should continue being awesome?
It's true, but it would really only have worked if I had thought this through enough to put Autistic People Are as the first flash blog and Autistic People Should as the second one, so that I could have done Autistic People Are Awesome first.
Autistic people should do whatever the heck they want?
True, and something I probably could write a post on, but it's not going to get Googled much.
Autistic people should have better Google autocompletes!
It's meta. That makes me laugh. A lot. I like it! If only I could get it onto the list of Google autocompletes. That would be hilarious.
Autistic people should use meta-humor!
Actually, I don't know. A lot of my Autistic friends really do like meta-humor, and I like it. But I think that this would confuse people. I am at least trying to reach people and have an effect here, after all.
Autistic people should be the ones you're listening to about autism?
Yeah, but I'd be preaching to the choir there. You lot already read my blog. You're already listening to an Autistic person about autism. Better to leave that one to a neurotypical parent, since that, "do whatever the heck they want," and "have better Google autocompletes" are pretty close to the only ways they can finish that sentence without it being another case of neurotypicals saying what we should do. It's not the exact problem that led to this flash blog, but it's pretty close to it.
So I've got nothing.
I can write about what this specific Autistic person should do.
I should keep being awesome.
I should keep writing, because if I don't I'll explode.
I should keep doing nanotechnology research.
I should find better supports for the fact that I've got some executive functioning issues.
I should accept my abilities for what they are and work as best I can with what I have.
I should actually work on compiling essays into a book.
I should do my Chinese translations.
I should find my passport.
I should write that guide to studying abroad while Autistic that I was talking about with the Office of International Education.
I should make sure to leave the world better than I found it.