Today, I have a story to share about a man I recently met who is working on overcoming his challenges with Autism and how he help me with a small dilemma.
The Not So Genius of Genius Ideas
This weekend, during a family drive, one of our kids got sick in the family car due to a small case of motion sickness. Anyways, by the time we got home, it was getting late and I still had to go grocery shopping. However, unlike, a semi-rational person who would simply just remove the car seat (as it was just the carseat that was dirty) to take the family car to the store, I decided to take our second car, instead…Our vomit-free, super tiny Smart Car. Yeah, not one of my best ideas.
The Smart Car Packing Challenge
At checkout is when I realized I might have a slight problem fitting all my groceries into a tiny car. I must have let out a loud sigh, because the cashier took notice. I then, explained my dilemma. The cashier paused, looked at all the groceries (a week’s worth), and laughed with me.
In the grand scheme of things, my little dilemma was nothing; in fact, it was just another one of my everyday normal adventures. I am capable of loading my car with groceries; however, to be honest, it wouldn’t be pretty. I imagined I would have taken up all space in the Smart Car, using up all the space of it’s tiny so-called trunk, the passenger’s seat, passenger’s floorboard, and my lap, if needed. I doubt I would be mindful of things that could get smooshed, like eggs, bread, and fruit, because I would be too distracted with the thought of just getting it all into the car. But, nonetheless, I would be sure that every item would fit!
A Different Way Of Thinking
I think people with Autism are remarkably brilliant! They seem to process information differently, in which, can be beneficial to solving very unique problems. In this particular case, fitting a week’s worth of groceries into a tiny Smart Car.
At checkout, a man overheard my dilemma and with much enthusiasm wanted to help me load my groceries into my extremely tiny car. “I can do it!” he confidently told me. We chatted while I finished paying for my groceries and I honestly wasn’t expecting him to actually help me. I mean, it was so kind of him to offer to help, but it wasn’t necessary; yet, when I was ready to leave, he kindly insisted.
This kind man’s name is Alex. He told me he could help me, because his mind works like the game Tetris. And he was not kidding! He cheerfully chatted with me the entire time, while he loaded my car with groceries, not once pausing to think about what he was doing and how he was going to do it. He quickly managed to fit all my groceries into the small space behind the seats (the so-called trunk area). Not only did all the groceries fit in that tiny space, but nothing was smooshed. He was extremely mindful of everything, heavy solid items on the bottom with soft fragile items on top! Having all the groceries in the back of the Smart Car was quite impressive, especially, since I was certain that some of it was going to have to sit up front with me.
I really appreciated his help! It was such a kind thing to do! I also appreciate the way his mind works! I know Autism is challenging, but I thought it was pretty great how he used one of his Autistic abilities (the way his mind works like Tetris) to help others.
Thank You Alex!
I thanked Alex for helping me and unexpectedly, he told me, he has a YouTube Channel! That is super cool!
Here is his link to his Channel: Autism Speaks Alex2018 . He told me that he talks about his life, living with Autism, and asked me to check it out. He posted a new video today. He holds a positive attitude towards his everyday challenges with Autism. After watching a few of his videos, I think his positive attitude is an inspiration to everyone!
Autism does have its challenges and I find it extremely awesome and inspiring that I met a man who has chosen to tackle those challenges with a positive attitude, a kind heart, and as well as, take full advantage of how his brain works to help others. I wish him the very best with his You Tube Channel and may he continue to keep a positive outlook while overcoming his challenges with Autism.